Construction of New Buildings Behind Historic Facades by David Highfield

By David Highfield

Facade-retention schemes are getting used an increasing number of as a way of delivering smooth lodging for advertisement and business constructions when maintaining the exterior architectural gains of old and tasty structures in conservation parts and town centres. This publication is a consultant to this hugely advanced procedure and contains distinctive case stories of 8 winning facade-retention tasks. the development of latest structures at the back of old facades is a special part within the heritage of structure. it may in basic terms be utilized to frequently developed structures with load bearing exterior partitions and it provides designers and contractors with specified technical difficulties. the topic additionally increases philosophical and moral questions that have generated a lot controversy among conservationists, architects, builders and planners. notwithstanding, facade-retention has been famous as a practical and helpful compromise which mixes architectural conservation with new improvement. the purpose of "The building of recent structures at the back of ancient Facades" is to give an explanation for the foremost concerns linked to the topic, together with the historical past to and purposes for, its frequent use, its acceptability as a way of architectural conservation, making plans systems, layout, the structural difficulties linked to facade-retention and the technical recommendations which are used to beat them. The illustrated case reports of contemporary facade-retention schemes provide a close perception into the actual options and recommendations which might be used. This booklet could be of curiosity to architects, surveyors, structural engineers, builders and proprietors, making plans officials and people excited by development conservation and academics and scholars in those disciplines.

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21 were located at 750 mm centres at first floor level, 21 at 750 mm centres at second floor level and 9 at third floor level. Those at the upper level were used in conjunction with a number of through-ties of different design which are described later. 1 shows the locations of the facade ties. When the 51 resin-anchor ties between the facade and its temporary support system were completed, demolition of the existing structure could commence. After the demolition had been completed, the front beams, to which the facade was tied, could be lowered from their temporary positions into their permanent positions and the facade re-connected to them.

112), HMSO, London. Great Britain (1990) Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Regulations 1990, Statutory Instruments, 1990 No. 1519, HMSO, London. 1 General Although the design of every facade retention scheme should be assessed on its own particular merits, the process of evaluation can be significantly aided by reference to certain criteria which are generally desirable as a basis for achieving acceptable schemes. The criteria that follow, which are intended to cover the main aspects and are therefore by no means exhaustive, have been developed from a combination of sources which include a set of guidelines on alterations to listed buildings compiled by the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (set out in Department of the Environment Circular 8/87 Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas-Policy and Procedures), the practical lessons learned from a number of completed facade retention schemes, and the findings of research into the subject.

At 118–120 Colmore Row, Birmingham (Case study one, p. 44), the existence of the new structure is successfully concealed from all viewpoints along the adjacent thoroughfare (although not from the upper storeys of surrounding buildings), whereas the design of the scheme at 142–144 Princes Street, Edinburgh, leaves no doubt that a new structure exists behind the retained facade. 23 so that their edges and, where applicable, their associated suspended ceilings, do not conflict with the existing window openings.

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