Heritage Consultancy

Architect in Cambridgeshire       Cultural Sector & Places of Worship 

The Generator Report has been envisaged to fill the gap between what you would like to achieve and what is possible. 

 

TGR will provide you with valuable information about your property that will help you to understand your options (design and cost wise) and give you a step-by-step plan to follow.

The number of alternatives to explore will be your choice.  

Most of our cherished cultural venues and places of worship are either a listed building, a scheduled monument or lie within a conservation area.  The common denominator is that these buildings are cared for by not-for-profit organisations, usually run by volunteers, with financial limitations and so tend to rely on third-party funding, requiring them to demonstrate value for money with their investments. 

Most grant providers require that you engage the services of an accredited conservation specialist to lead a team of multi-disciplinary consultants, who can also assist you in the process of applying for funding. I have worked with many Parochial Church Committees and Trusts to understand their financial and time concerns, and I can work with you to help you achieve the most of your project to continue serving the community. 

Services include Quinquennial Inspections, Feasibility Studies, Re-ordering, New-build, Fabric Condition Surveys.

In case your Church belongs to the Church of England, you would like to know that Patricia is in the List of Approved Architects & Surveyors for

the Diocese of St Albans and the Diocese of Chelmsford.

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Funding

There are many grant funding schemes in the UK, and those organisations usually have many funding streams. Their requirements vary depending on who they are, a government body, a charity or individual donators. Many of those requirements need fulfilling during the project's life and require careful planning to demonstrate that their investment will be safe in your hands.

​I have experience with projects funded by Historic England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and many others.

 

I have worked in close liaison with HE surveyors to understand my advisory role in the grand scheme of things and how best to assist you in the funding process.

Consulting

Not-for-profit organisations value timely advice and a responsive professional to assist them in their project. On a large or a small project, the challenges are usually the same, outstanding commitment from a community with stretched finances.

 

At The Architect Studio, you will find someone willing to go the extra mile and help you with your building project. 

You can be reassured that I, personally, will manage your project, an architect accredited in building conservation, and not handed down to less-experienced staff, as it usually happens with larger practices.

Exploring

There are times when the client's design expectations do not match the finances available, or the proposals compromise the significance of the listed property that is not viable. 

The TAS Generator Report is a feasibility study envisaged as a tool to help to de-risk your project and fill the gap between what you would like to achieve and what is possible. 

De-risking the project means analysing specific circumstances and foreseeing the outcome of the proposals as much as possible.

Poor project planning from the beginning can have costly consequences, endangering not just the financial investment but the future viability of the listed building.

Designing & Building

Outline proposals will develop into a detailed design, when many decisions will be made to progress the project, including applying for statutory consent.

Depending on the funding body, the Development Phase includes preliminary steps, and the Delivery Phase includes technical design, tendering and construction stages. 

Usually, in these type of projects the accredited architect acts as the lead consultant​, and at the construction stage, the architect's role usually expands to administer the construction contract, including the inspection of the quality of the works and compliance with the contract drawings and specifications.

Your Choice

A flexible approach to achieve your goal is at the heart of The Architect Studio.

 

Fees transparency will give you the peace of mind that you are only committing to what you feel comfortable with, so you can engage my services throughout or on a stage-by-stage basis. At TAS, we follow the RIBA Plan of Work, an industry standard that helps plan a building project from inception to completion broken into eight stages. It is a handy tool for both the designers and the client, as it explains stage outcomes, core tasks and information exchanges.

I like giving the client the option to engage my services stage-by-stage or from inception to completion. The choice is yours!

Let's Work Together

Contact me either by phone or email to discuss your project and how I can help you.