Adding a conservatory to a listed building
The privilege of living in a listed building is something only a few can enjoy. The uniqueness, charm and originality are just a few qualities that such a home can offer. But what happens when you wish to extend these features into an orangery, conservatory or glass extension which suits both your requirements and the character of your home, but still meets the stringent planning and listed building regulations which all listed buildings must adhere to?
The main factor in gaining planning approval and listed building consent is in creating a design that complements the existing property. The design of your home and the era that it was built will play a huge part in forming the overall design of your conservatory or orangery, along with the surrounding landscape. The use of hardwood timber within your new glass structure will likely be favourable due to it being a traditional material that would have been available as a building material at the time when your property was built. It is elegant and can be painted and finished sympathetically to your property, matching existing wood details and window frames to create a cohesive aesthetic.
Often though, our customers are wishing to blend the traditional listed building with a much more practical and modern look. Our specialist structural glass box extensions offer a contemporary, yet elegant design that is proving popular with planning and Conservation Officers for listed buildings. This is largely due to the nature of an all glass extension often enhancing the historic features of the building, whilst having the added benefit of being able to externally view the fabric of the building through the glass.
Specialists in glass extensions for listed buildings
Since 1973 Room Outside has led the field in designing individually tailored orangeries and conservatories for listed buildings or properties in a conservation area throughout the UK. We completely understand the importance of tradition and all our glass buildings are designed and built to your own personal specification alongside a sensitivity towards the structure and features of the existing building. We are proud of the excellent working relationship we have built over the years with Local Authorities and Planning Offices, who have greatly assisted us in obtaining the best solution in the many delicate areas of planning approval for listed buildings or properties within a conservation area.
Gaining planning and listed building consent for your extension
Listed Buildings or homes within an area of outstanding natural beauty require close attention to detail with regards to planning and Listed Building Consent. Although some Permitted Development Rights may apply for Listed Buildings and homes in an area of outstanding natural beauty, there will be more restrictions and you may still need to get planning permission for some aspects of the work. In almost all situations, you are likely to need Listed Building Consent to add a conservatory or orangery onto a listed building. Listed Building Consent is granted by your council. It is vital to consult with your Local Planning Authority to decide the best course of action. Remember that building a conservatory without permission onto a listed building is a criminal offence. Permission is also required to replace an existing structure. We are happy to guide you on getting the process started and refer you to experts who can help.
Protecting our history for the future
Listed buildings help us acknowledge and understand our shared history. They mark and celebrate a building’s special architectural and historic interest, and also bring it under the consideration of the planning system so that some thought will be taken about its future. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. All buildings built before 1700 which have survived in anything like their original condition are generally listed, as are most of those built between 1700 and 1840. Buildings from the period after 1945 would have been very carefully selected for listing. A building normally must be over 30 years old to be eligible for listing.