Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Canada version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Build It > June 2018 > Design ideas for listed buildings

Design ideas for listed buildings

Are you planning major works on a property with protected status? Architect Opinder Liddar discusses the key concerns and how to maximise the historic building’s design potential
Space Group Architects ( have updated this grade II listed building in east London with a frameless glass extension on the lower ground floor and a loft conversion, which now hosts the master bedroom. The additions work to contrast contemporary design with period features, helping to highlight the original details

For an architect, having the opportunity to work on a listed building is always an interesting project, but one that needs to be handled sensitively. The key to a successful result is understanding the building and investing ample time in the design process. But what should you know before taking on this challenge and where’s best to start when coming up with a suitable scheme? Here I’ll take you through the general rules and how to make the most of the building’s original features.

What does listed mean?

A building is usually given listed status because it’s of some kind of architectural significance. Anyone can nominate a structure to be protected, but it’s down to Historic England (or your regional counterpart) to decide if it’s suitable. As it stands, there are over 500,000 listed buildings, and this figure increases every year.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Build It - June 2018
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - June 2018
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.00 per issue
Or 3599 points

View Issues

About Build It

Find the advice & inspiration you need to build or renovate your dream home, including: - Cover house... a charming vernacular new home in the countryside - Specifying sustainable building materials - Design ideas for listed buildings - Can smart homes be hacked? - Self-building for profit ... and more!