KJ Tait


Working on Heritage projects requires a detailed design approach which is sensitive to the building form. Our Cambridge, London and Edinburgh offices are regularly involved in Heritage projects involving buildings which are either listed or located in conservation areas.
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These projects typically require time to be allocated for detailed site surveys to understand site restrictions and controlled opening up due to the high likelihood of concealed services. Unforeseen issues arise on these types of projects and so the more problems which can be resolved in advance, the less unforeseen works will arise.

There is often a conflict between Heritage and low energy, or even compliant energy design. The Conservation and the Compliance Officers will generally not compromise on their stance and we frequently have to work around how energy compliance can be achieved.


The ACE Foundation is a Cambridge based charity with the aim of encouraging and developing cultural understanding and providing support for educational projects, ...
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A new Visitor and Events Facilities project at the Grade I listed Holkham Hall has regenerated the heart of the Estate by reorganising and reworking several existing buildings to produce significantly enhanced visitor facilities
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