HCUK Group Limited

The Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG
Tel   020 3170 6322

Which IHBC Branch are you based in?

Company – London
Staff – various including London

Which county are you based in?

Greater London

Describe the work your company carries out

Heritage Collective is a private consultancy practice offering expert advice on the historic built environment. Our consultants offer heritage guidance through planning and development, from feasibility stage through to expert witness at appeal where required. We are fully qualified heritage consultants with membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and have advised on all types of heritage asset across the UK. Our work includes gathering documentary research to understand the history and development of a site or building and to inform assessments of significance. We assess listed buildings, sites affecting conservation areas, registered parks and gardens, scheduled monuments, battlefields and any other historic settings of relevance to a proposal for change. Our consultants are based countrywide including Bedford, Stroud and London and collectively provide advice to home owners, developers and local authorities.

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

Project 1

Westlegate Tower, Norwich

Heritage Collective advised a private client on heritage matters from the early stages of this project, so as to inform design development and the pre-application stage. The existing building on the site was a mid-20th century tower block – Norwich’s first. The site also included a grade II listed thatched cottage and was located within the Norwich City Centre Conservation Area.

The proposals retained the original structure and re-clad it to provide a mixed use development including retail at ground floor, a restaurant within the listed thatched cottage, officers and residential. An additional three storeys were also added to the tower, which is prominent in views from Norwich Castle.

We prepared a Heritage Assessment and a Heritage Statement assessing the significance of the site, which has a frontage to Westlegate (S) and Timber Hill (NE) which is one of the oldest streets within Norwich and comprises a number of grade II listed buildings. The setting of the adjacent grade II listed church was also assessed.

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Project 2

76 Dean Street, Westminster

Following a devastating fire in July 2009, extensive works were proposed to reinstate, restore and redevelop the damaged remains of 76 Dean Street. This grade II* listed building located within the Soho Conservation Area is now a fully functioning private members club, opened in 2015. The property was originally built as a house within the Pitt Estate in circa 1732-3. Over the subsequent years it has undergone numerous alterations, extensions and changes in ownership and has served a non-domestic function since circa 1800. At the time of the fire the premises were being used as a private office.

Heritage Collective was instrumental in advising on the restoration of the interiors, justifying internal and external alterations and assessing the effects of a new contemporary wing to the rear of the plot. Our involvement also included advice on archaeology. Detailed research into the history of the building was vital in order to understand what had been lost from the building and the historical development of the fabric. Over a five-year period Heritage Collective provided the heritage services for the site, advising on pre and post planning stages and working closely with English Heritage (now Historic England) and Westminster City Council to ensure a successful outcome for the building. Historic England chose to hold their launch event at the property, exemplifying the success of the works and the quality of the work carried out.

Project 3

Garendon Park, Leicestershire

Heritage Collective advised on a large strategic housing site and associated infrastructure affecting Garendon Park, a registered park and garden and the 13 listed structures within it. We prepared a Conservation Management Plan for the entire park, analysing the importance and condition of the grade I listed Triumphal Arch and grade II* listed Temple of Venus as well as all the other assets within the park, to inform a management strategy for the future of this group of assets. We consulted with Historic England extensively and enabled the successful conclusion to the issues of development and mitigation. As part of the proposed works associated with the housing development there will be significant restoration of the Park in line with the 1777 Estate Plan, including elements of the formal avenues being reinstated, particularly around the higher grade assets, and loose areas of parkland planting being provided.

HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Liz Vinson

Job title: Director

Tel:  07905832534

Email:  liz@hcukgroup.co.uk

Which of the following roles do you consider your company carries out under the HESPR scheme?

Historic Building conservation  YES

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas  

Historical research YES

Historic area assessments YES

Project Management  

Archaeology YES