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What is a listed building?

A listed building is a building of special architectural or historic interest that has been identified for protection through legislation. Listing is the process by which buildings are added to the statutory list by the Designations Team of Historic England. Compiled under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the list includes a great variety of structures from castles to telephone boxes. Listing gives protection to historic buildings and requires their special interest (significance) to be taken into account before any changes are made to them that would affect their special interest (significance). Listed buildings are graded to […]

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Work underway at West Bay Discovery Centre

Plans are coming together to restore West Bay’s former Methodist Church and transform it into the West Bay Discovery Centre. Bridport Area Development Trust, the local charity behind the project, has announced that after a formal tender process, R&C Building Conservation of Shaftesbury have been appointed the contract to deliver the construction-related part of the project. Angel Architecture involvement Trust Director John West said: ‘We are delighted with this appointment. R & C Conservation have plenty of experience of historic and ecclesiastical buildings. They will be working closely with our Project Manager, Daryl Chambers and Architect Kim Sankey of Angel […]

Specialist workshop on looking after old buildings

Kim Sankey of Angel Architecture in Charmouth is organising a workshop for owners of old buildings. The session also includes stonemason, plaster and renders specialist Matthew Gee of Uplyme, and former North Dorset District Council Conservation Officer Kevin Morris from Dorchester. The half-day workshop is being held on The Cobb in the fascinating old building that also houses the aquarium. ‘Old buildings can be a minefield when it comes to doing work on them,’ says Kim. ‘It’s best to choose materials and techniques carefully and use experienced craftspeople with the right skills. If the building is listed, you always need […]