The key to a successful conservation project is understanding, this can be gained through a variety of specialisms including documentary research and physical examination. Having gained a full understanding of a building or site, the risks and opportunities associated with repair or development can be established and a specification prepared.
IS A SPECIFICATION REQUIRED?
The answer is normally yes. Badly planned or executed repairs can cause unnecessary and irreparable damage to historic structures, and even minor works to protected buildings normally require detailed specification before listed building consent will be granted.
Specifications serve many purposes including
Setting aside a small proportion of the budget for the preparation of a specification will ultimately save time and money, it will also help to ensure that any work is legally compliant and completed to the correct standards.
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