Historic Buildings Consultancy

With nearly sixty years’ experience in the restoration and remodelling of listed buildings, Donald Insall Associates is uniquely placed to provide strategic advice on change and development within the historic environment.

Since 2000, the practice has offered a dedicated Historic Buildings Consultancy service to support clients embarking on heritage projects at all scales, from urban master-plans to individual houses. The 15-strong team comprises architects, designers, architectural historians and former conservation officers and Historic England inspectors who work alongside a client’s chosen architect to analyse what is special about a building or place, guide alterations and support clients in the planning process.

The team’s overarching aim is to use their understanding of the past to revitalise historic buildings and enable new interventions.  Built heritage is not seen as unchanging, but as an evolving part of our identity, an inspiration for new design and a catalyst for regeneration.

As well as giving strategic advice, the team produces ‘Historic Building Reports’, ‘Conservation Plans’ and ‘Heritage and Townscape Impact Assessments.’  The team can also act as a mediator between different interest groups providing, for example, advice on Certificates of Immunity from Listing, representation during planning appeals, and expert witness services. 

The London-based team benefits from the practice’s wealth of knowledge and wide range of contacts through its regional offices in Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chester, and Conwy.  As of 2017, Donald Insall Associates’ also has a Historic Buildings Consultancy office in Manchester.

The team works for diverse clients across all sectors including The Crown Estate, The Grosvenor Estate, The Cadogan Estate, major retailers, private developers, theatres and cinemas, football clubs, galleries and museums, government bodies, NHS trusts, schools and private individuals.

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