Why are some buildings listed?
The main reasons are that the English Heritage consider it of

• Architectural interest
• Historic interest
• Historic association
• Group value

Anything built prior to 1770 and is anywhere near to its original state is listed. The majority of buildings built between 1700 and 1840 are listed. Anything built after 1840 may possibly be listed depending upon their quality. In special cases some new buildings may be listed if they are of outstanding quality or under threat.

Listed buildings are graded into  levels. These being either  I, II and II*. This grading system is of little relevance as no listed building is considered of  lesser importance than others because of their grading and each building is considered on its own individual merits.

What is included in the listing?
Every part of the building is listed including the interior. In addition to the building itself it has been considered that the following also fall within the definition of the listed building:

• any structure or object fixed to the building
• any free standing object or structure which has formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948

Even if a feature (internal or external) is not included in the description, it does not mean that it is not of interest and it is still part of the listed building.

What work can I do to a listed building?
Owners of listed buildings must be aware that they are looking after an important part of the nation’s heritage. When a listed building is taken on, the owner or occupier effectively becomes its temporary guardian responsible for its welfare.

Listed building control is much more rigorous than for more conventional buildings and owners and occupiers must be willing to accept this. Consent will be required to demolish a listed building (and normally it will not be granted). However Urbane Design has recently achieved permissions to demolish certain areas of an grade 1 listed property. Consent will be required for any extension together with alteration or refurbishment which would affect its character. Regular maintenance and minor like-for-like repairs do not always need listed building consent but it always advisable to check with the Council beforehand. It is inappropriate to ‘modernise’ a listed building in the manner regularly found on other buildings.

It is a criminal offence to carry out work to a listed building without prior listed building consent, even if you did not know that the building was listed. The majority of external alterations, extensions and any changes of use require planning permission.  You should be particularly careful  if your property is in a conservation area. Urbane design can manage the process of getting the necessary consents before you start work, as planning enforcement action can be taken even if you have obtained Building Regulation approval. Listed building consent consent is required for  all internal and external works to a listed building. Please be aware that unauthorised work to a Listed Building is a criminal offence. This could be as minor as changing a skirting g board or laying a timber floor on top of an original timber floor.

How do I apply for listed building consent?
Urbane Design will organise a meeting with the local authority to ascertain what is feasible. There are no clearly defined regulations as each building has different merits.

If you would like to discuss your project with Urbane Design please call us on 0208 966 0601.

Need specific advice on a project? Call us on 020 8996 0601


Residential architecture, we deliver projects across London and the South East. Discuss your next project call 020 8996 0601.


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14:03 24 Apr 20
Robert offers a very professional service. His vision for the space was aligned with ours, so that is why we wanted to work with him to fully... renovate our house. He advised us that we could reconfigure the loft conversion under permitted development and go down the planning application route for the single story rear extension. He drew up plans, providing various different options, and was open to our suggestions for changes. Robert drew up our plans, submitted our applications and ran our tender process to select an appropriate builder. We were very happy with Robert's more
David Jones
David Jones
14:43 07 Apr 20
We worked with Urbane Design during the renovation of our house in West London. They exceeded expectation, had great ideas during planning, great... support during the build and the finished product is better than we even imagined it would be. Would highly more
Chris Stenzel
Chris Stenzel
11:18 06 Apr 20
We decided to engage Urbane to design, submit planning and arrange the tender process with builders after speaking to a number of local architects... and builders. The project involves an internal redesign, extension to rear, side and loft. Robert has come up with amazing design ideas, bearing in mind our budget and focused on how we wanted to use the space. Project is currently in build phase Happy to recommend and provide a more
Ross Nicolson
Ross Nicolson
08:41 06 Apr 20
We used Urbane Designs to renovate and extend our house. From initial consultation to completion, Robert was a pleasure to work with. We'd never... taken on a project like this before, but Robert was great at setting out each stage of the process, with transparent, itemised costs for each. He was also very responsive and helpful with our (many) questions, and of course came up with an excellent design for our more
roland oakshett
roland oakshett
14:11 25 Sep 19
We've used Rob Speight and Urbane Architects twice over the last 10 years. Once to do a ground floor extension and refurbishment and then once to do... a loft and first floor extension.On both occasions Rob was clear and responsive in communication and thoughtful and adaptable in design. We certainly wouldn't have used Urbane a second time if they had not done a good job the first time round (and we did encounter problems with some of our contractors first time). more
Simon Oldham
Simon Oldham
10:05 05 Jul 19
Were great to work with and provided 3 great builders to work with. We could not recommend them more highly for kitchens and extensions.
Deborah Armstrong
Deborah Armstrong
13:39 27 Jun 19
Urbane Design Architects are a wonderful team to work with. Over the course of 18 months they supported us with feasibility, planning permission,... tendering the job, building control approval and contract administration with the builder. Together we carried out a major renovation including a basement, ground floor and 1st floor rear extension. Robert Speight & his team were incredibly responsive throughout, producing exciting and effective designs with lots of detail.I would have no hesitation in recommending Urbane Design Architects to my family & friends, they were a great pleasure to deal with more
Dianna Pierce Burgess
Dianna Pierce Burgess
11:06 18 Jun 19
Most definitely 5 stars! We had a great experience with Urbane Design Architects and their team when we recently extended and reconfigured the... ground floor of our Georgian terraced house in Chiswick W4. Robert Speight was our project architect. He listened to our brief but then made us consider some alternative, exciting ways of thinking about the spaces and materials. He combined his experience of local planning policies, working relationships with local suppliers and our budget to deliver a new home that we are in love with! When we were going through planning permissions and the tender process, the team walked us through all the requirements step by step with us, which was great. Very highly recommended and sensibley priced!read more
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