What we do

We provide independent heritage advice based on professional experience. Our passion and interest in understanding, preserving and enhancing the quality of the historic environment is our driving force in all of our work.

Forum Heritage Services has undertaken a wide range of projects nationally since its inception in 2002. A key feature of our work is our focus on delivering projects which produce results, and documents that provide practical assistance for management and decision-making. Our range of skills and approach means that we do not simply record and understand sites or areas, but use the understanding to assess and describe significance. We can then provide guidance on the capacity for change and appropriate design solutions. We work in partnership (with owners, architects, engineers, planning consultants, project managers, statutory decision-makers and others), communicating with all parties involved to achieve a successful outcome to our projects.

We can undertake the following work:

Planning and Historic Buildings

Advice on repair, alteration, extension or conversion of listed buildings, non-designated heritage assets (locally listed buildings or buildings of local interest) and buildings in conservation areas including liaison with statutory bodies (Historic England) and local authorities.

Heritage Statements to fulfil planning and listed building consent application requirements including Assessments of Significance and Impact Assessments.

Design and Access Statements for planning and/or listed building consent applications where there are predominantly heritage issues.

Building Recording: Recording of buildings in accordance with Historic England guidelines.

House Histories – research into the development of houses for owners.

Advice on listing/de-listing.

Building At Risk surveys

Single buildings or area/borough/district-wide surveys

Characterisation projects

Production of clear, concise and understandable evidence-based historic character analysis (on both a large and small scale) for a number of public and private project applications, such as tall buildings strategy, background information to appeals, and production of key policy documents.

Conservation area appraisals

Preparation of conservation area appraisals to inform development or as part of a characterisation exercise or to support designation or extension or a major planning application.

Conservation Management Plans

Preparation of Conservation Management Plans for historic sites in accordance with the requirements of Historic England and other grant giving bodies such as The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Urban Design & Development

Urban design frameworks

Detailed site analysis and preparation of strategies for regeneration of small or large complex sites in sensitive urban or rural locations.