Old buildings of traditional construction account for a significant proportion of the national building stock. Their sheer numbers make it certain that nearly all building professionals will have to deal with them from time to time and some practitioners will be involved with them all of the time.

Whether protected by listing or not, these are the buildings that determine the familiar character of many of our towns and villages and they need to be handled with knowledge and skill.

We are fully familiar with the formal protective measures for buildings of special architectural or historic interest. And before embarking on works to a building of special architectural or historic interest, we would always strive to have an understanding of the philosophical basis of building conservation.

This is not an arcane concept, beyond the grasp of the practically minded and common sense answers are always the best solution.

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