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Conservation plans

Our best-known consultancy service is the production of conservation plans – effectively following the methodology first laid out by James Semple Kerr in 1982, but also recent guidance produced by Historic Scotland, Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The purpose of a conservation plan, sometimes referred to as a conservation management plan, is to help you manage your heritage asset.  Equally, you may be anticipating change, or be looking to consolidate your existing knowledge and management procedures, and know that a comprehensive conservation plan will help you manage your site now and into the future.

Our conservation plans investigate the historical development of the study area, analyse the significance of the site and develop a practical, considered and useful set of policies.  The document is always richly illustrated, with many key issues highlighted in diagrams.  We often produce gazetteers, options appraisals and consider feasibility as part of the project – every site requires a different approach.

We have extensive experience of working with a variety of buildings – from small cottages to country houses, library and theatres to post-war university campuses.  Our conservation plans are recognised as being authoritative, effective and accessible – why not browse some of the sample reports highlighted in the case studies?


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Case studies:

Mint Yard, York

A conservation plan written by Simpson & Brown for Mint Yard, York, on behalf of the City of York Council.

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University of Glasgow

An Estate Conservation Strategy produced by Simpson & Brown for the University of Glasgow, detailing the historical development and architectural character of the estate.

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Gosford House

A conservation plan written by Simpson & Brown for Gosford House, East Lothian. Client was the 13th Earl of Wemyss & March. Robert Adam was the original architect.

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Wynyard Hall

A conservation plan written by Simpson & Brown for Wynyard Hall, County Durham. Now a hotel, was described as most splendid 19th century mansion house.

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Place of Paisley

A conservation plan written by Simpson & Brown for Paisley Abbey concentrating on the Place of Paisley. This will assist in a future project to enhance the visitor facilities.

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University of Stirling

With the proposed listing of a number of modernist buildings on the University campus, we were commissioned to write a conservation plan to aid the University in managing the proposed change in status and to propose a conservation framework for the site in the future.

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