Conservation plans
Bench Architects
has extensive experience of preparing Conservations Plans for Grade I and II* listed buildings and other historic structures for private or public uses. Conservation Plans comprise policy options and strategies for the management and sustainability of a site, along with proposals for outline repair and alteration.

A conservation plan is a living document that should develop as the level of knowledge, planning and work on building progresses throughout time. It is an excellent tool for the proper understanding of a building and is of great value to the owner and occupants.

Condition surveys
Bench Architects
has an excellent track record of providing comprehensive condition surveys that are practical and simple to use. Surveys range from Quinquennial inspections of small parish churches to country houses and large building complexes.

We devise maintenance strategies and set out costed and phased repair programmes.

Our Condition Surveys often incorporate special investigations and analytical models – for example: architectural paint research, archaeological, geophysics and endoscopy investigations, dendrochronology and Sibert-resistograph drilling.

Larger surveys are organized by a web courier service and stored on a Clients’ database or CDR; allowing maintenance staff quick access to the information and the ability to integrate updated documentation.

Enforcement action
Bench Architects
provide Buildings at Risk, dilapidation and condition surveys for Local Authorities in conjunction with feasibility studies and the appropriate reuse of Structures at Risk. These surveys are used by Local Authorities to execute Section 54 urgent repair works or serve Section 48 Repairs Notices and ensuing Enforcement Actions.