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When it comes to the restoration of historic buildings - or listed buildings, there are many groups of people and authorities that need to be satisfied, which is why consent is required as well as having planning permission and building regulations to adhere to.  These different levels of security are in place to protect the history, heritage and character of a building that holds special architectural and historical interest.

 Whether a listed building requires work to improve its appearance, to restore its original features or to make it more energy efficient to run, there will always be a process in place that prohibits any work being carried out, until the relevant authorities have undertaken the necessary risk assessments and authorised it. The relevant authorities include the local council and planning inspectors, amongst others.

 These processes and procedures are in place to protect the listed buildings exactly as they are, and are enforced by law. Any unauthorised work carried out by the owner, or a contractor could face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine if prosecuted. The responsibility to ensure that any work carried out is authorised lies with the contractor carrying out the work, the business they work for and the owner of the building. All three would be liable if any unauthorised work took place.

 The restoration of historic buildings is something that was brought into effect to ensure that valued architectural eras, history and heritage was preserved. There are grading systems and different reasons as to why a building may be listed, but all are protected by the laws that govern.

 Here at Concrete Renovations, we have worked on many high-profile listed buildings and understand the need for expertise, experience and specialist training when it comes to such sensitive buildings.

 That being said, there are a few areas in which building regulations can be more flexible and delicate to the situation at hand, dependant on the building in question. Fire safety, electrical safety and fuel and power conservation issues are ones that need to be well balanced in line with building conservation, to ensure that the restoration of historic buildings isn’t in vain.

 For more information on our concrete repair services or to find out more about restoring historic buildings, please contact us today.

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