Development and Design of Heritage Sensitive Sites: Strategies for Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 30, 2010 - Architecture - 204 pages

The first book to provide readers with the skills to assess development potential from a holistic standpoint. Until now, architectural books on conservation matters have focused on preservation at a strategic level and restoration at a technical level. This book offers the architect, developer or planner the rules and tools needed to gauge development prospects in an objective and comprehensive manner.

Written by an experienced expert in the field it provides the reader with:

  • the latest legislation relating to heritage in the UK
  • insight into local planning authorities and government advisory boards
  • basic strategies for approaching developments
  • an understanding of the options available for developing a heritage site
  • illustrative case studies to highlight strategy successes.

This book is a one-stop-shop for any professional or student working in, or learning about, development in heritage environments.

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This book seeks to describe the approach taken by failed developers Mountgrange to produce a disastrous planning application for Edinburgh. Opposition was huge and the scheme was widely condemned by heritage bodies both in Scotland and by UNESCO. The company failed and the site has lain derelict for many years since. I was particularly entertained by the ironic forward by Manish Chande available in the Google Preview describing the importance of avoiding "friction". The Caltongate project (and Manish Chande's follow-on, Craighouse) are the most highly contested historic asset projects in Edinburgh for many decades. 

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About the author (2010)

Kenneth Williamson is a partner in the Hurd Rolland Partnership, an architectural practice located in London, Manchester and Scotland. He is in charge of a specialist consultancy section dealing with listed buildings and built heritage issues and has provided strategic advice in relation to a number of urban regeneration projects throughout Scotland. He has wide-ranging design and contractual experience encompassing projects for local authority, central government and private sector clients.

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