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5 top tips for tradespeople working on heritage sites

Before starting work on a heritage site there are many things a tradesperson will need to consider such as understanding the historical significance of the site, ensuring site surveys have been carried out and the correct planning permission has been obtained and that building regulations have been met and approved.

Having spent many years working on heritage sites installing and repairing flue and chimney systems, Mike Byrne, Director at Flue Liner Solutions shares his 5 top tips for tradespeople working on heritage sites.

  • Communication – It is vital to have a clear understanding of the client’s expectations and what they want to achieve. If working in a listed property, or a site that may prompt interest from Historic England, regulations may force initial plans to change. So, it’s vital for all parties working on-site to communicate with one another from the get-go. By doing so, you will avoid possible conflicts along the way and be well placed to manage client expectations. Everyone needs to know what is – and what is not – achievable. 
  • Thorough surveying – Before you start work on a heritage site, it is critical that extensive preliminary surveys are carried out. Tradespeople working on heritage sites can come across some surprises due to the age of properties and early building practices. Having thorough surveys in place can save you time and money.  
  • Be cautious – As a tradesperson working on a heritage site, you will always want to be cautious. Heritage buildings can be hundreds of years old, so be prepared for a staircase, wall or even ceiling to give way without notice. 
  • Pride and appreciation – If you are working on a heritage site wrapped in history, it’s equally important to enjoy the process and take some time to find out the story behind the project. It will make your work even more interesting, help you understand the project even better, and go a long way to impress the client who may not be aware of what you unearth.  
  • Keep a record – Keeping a record of your works over the entire project and process, will make your life easier as a tradesperson working on a heritage site. Having pictures, calculations, and footage as you proceed with the work may be helpful so you can cross reference should any complications arise and efficiently resolve these issues. 

How to find trusted heritage site specialists

As a customer it can be difficult to know where to begin searching for a heritage site specialist and what you should look for in a heritage site tradesperson. To begin with, you will need to identify the type of professional you need help from, whether it’s an architect or a specialist supplier. Whoever you choose, ensuring they have the relevant experience and knowledge of working on heritage sites and older buildings is important. Choosing a heritage site specialist who has awareness of any potential problems or pitfalls may also be a factor to consider. 

Reading through website case studies and reviews for trusted heritage site specialists can be the best place to start to help you choose the right tradesperson for the job. There are also websites like Historic England, which can provide you with further help on finding heritage site specialists.

 

Flue Liner Solutions is based in London and offers domestic and commercial flue liner solutions for residentialcommercial and heritage properties across London, the south of England and the rest of the UK. To get a free quote and to learn more about uscontact the team today.

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