dr. julian holder
The conservation of historic buildings and the conservation of energy represented by retrofit would seem to be natural bedfellows. However, too often they are seen to be in conflict due to the restrictions placed on retrofit by the operation of the planning system. This paper will argue that this is not, and need not, be the case. Under the provisions of the ERR Act which came into force in April 2014 various changes, such as the introduction of Certificates of Lawfulness, and Heritage Partnership Agreements, allow re-assessment of the significance of a listed building to permit a range of pre-agreed alterations to the fabric where this does not necessarily erode the significance of the listed building. This is particularly the case with internal fit-out where the architectural and historic interest has not been assessed at the time of listing – a situation normally conveyed by the simple sentence at the end of a list description ‘Interior not inspected’. If followed through the process outlined in this paper would bring benefits not only to retrofit but result in an improved National Heritage List for England.
Dr. Julian Holder is Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Salford. He was previously Inspector of Historic Buildings with English Heritage, and is a former Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies at Edinburgh College of Art School of Architecture.