Building Conservation & Project Management Services
Our in-house conservation architects including RIBA and RIAI accredited conservation architects are well informed in good conservation techniques and have extensive knowledge and understanding of historic building best practice and legislation. We have over 20 years experience working in the conservation sector, breathing new life into old buildings to provide new sustainable facilities. We provide a partner led service to each client using specialist consultants when necessary.
Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent
We have the skills and track record in consulting and engaging with local authorities, heritage departments, council conservation officers, English Heritage, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and other relevant statutory bodies, understanding planning constraints and recommending effective planning strategies to successfully achieve planning approval and listed building consent relating to the restoration of historic and architecturally significant buildings.
Conservation Reports and Conservation Plans
Preparation of reports including historic analysis, existing and proposed plans, condition reports based on detailed survey and proposals, management and maintenance plans.
Historic Building Surveys
Our conservation architects, with specialist knowledge of traditional building materials and techniques, can undertake surveys and carefully evaluate the condition of historic buildings and provide clients with comprehensive reports.
Feasibility Studies & Business Cases
Kriterion Conservation Architects working in partnership with clients, stakeholders and end-users we undertake and deliver studies and input to business cases to enable clients to make fully informed decisions about their proposed project and ultimately realise the potential of their buildings.
We have considerable experience working with multiple funding bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Architectural Heritage Fund and play an integral role in assisting clients to prepare grant applications, ensuring that funding bids are successful. We are very familiar with funding application processes including obtaining, formatting and submitting all costs to funders for their consideration.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 offers people with disabilities the same rights of access and enjoyment of property as the rest of society. Our specialist in-house Accessibility Auditor can carry out audits of existing buildings and provide recommendations with associated costs for remedial measures which meet or exceed DDA standards. Our commitment to this benchmark is evident by eight of our projects, including listed buildings, being awarded the William Keown Trust Prestige Access Awards in recognition of our contribution to providing accessible user-friendly environments.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM technologies, processes and collaborative behaviours provide more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life cycle. We are committed to best practice and have the hardware, software and skilled staff to provide BIM on projects like, for example the refurbishment of Parliament Buildings.
Principal Designer & CDM Advisor Services
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations NI 2016 (GB 2015) provide a legal framework to ensure health and safety within the construction industry. A Principal Designer has an important role in influencing how the risks to health and safety should be managed and incorporated into the wider management of a project. Kriterion Conservation Architects provides Principal Designer services to take control of the pre-construction phase of any project involving more than one contractor to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase. Kriterion Conservation Architects can also provide experienced and highly competent CDM Advisers who have a clear understanding of the CDM Regulations. This is supported with a proven track record in the role previously known as a CDM Coordinator.