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Buildings Investigation

We have been recording and investigating buildings since 1979.  We produce historic building reports to the highest standard, tailored to your needs.  We work across Wiltshire and neighbouring counties.  


Need a historic appraisal to support a planning application, statement of significance or consent for a listed building? Want to learn about the history of your home, how it was constructed and more about its unusual features?   Need a report if you are making a structural change?  We can help you decide how to work with your historic features.  Whether you are an architect, private home owner or project manager, we can help.


Our experience and knowledge is unrivalled.  We are able to draw on our extensive archives to provide a detailed insight.  We have built up a unique database of roof & construction types, ground plans and datable features, collected over more than 30 years.  This valuable resource, along with experience of surveying a host of different buildings, helps us to analyse and interpret the evidence.  


What’s in the report?


The report is produced to your requirements.  Typically, it starts with a detailed exterior and interior architectural description. We draw attention to historic features room by room - such as beams, fireplaces, doors, windows, fittings and roof space.  We give special consideration to age and evolution.  


The report is illustrated with photos and usually includes historic maps, drawings and plans.  If required, we carry out documentary research into the history and, where possible, previous occupants.  We provide an expert interpretation of the physical and documentary evidence, including age, construction, phases of alteration, key features, past occupants and how the building might have been used.


How do we investigate a building?


To study a building, we make an on-site visit which can vary from a few hours to a day or more, depending on complexity of the site.  We take notes and photos, and often make measured plans and drawings.  Archival research is carried out at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.  (Out of county research may involve a modest additional fee.)  We can meet your needs from a comprehensive report to a simple “walk around”.


Surveys and reports are conducted in accordance with English Heritage Recording Standards. Copies of the reports are normally placed in our archive.  


How much does it cost?




We are specialist buildings archaeologists and architectural historians who carry out historic buildings surveys and documentary research.  As such our work complements the activities of chartered surveyors, architects and structural engineers.


If you would like to see a sample of our reports click here

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