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Heritage Works

7 February 2013

An invaluable publication offering owners, developers and local authorities a toolkit of good practice for the use of historic buildings in regeneration

Following ‘good practice' principles can increase the chances of success of heritage-led development projects in our urban and rural environments, according to leading experts from The British Property Federation (BPF), English Heritage, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Deloitte Real Estate.

Relaunched today, Heritage Works is an updated publication from the 2006 first edition that takes into account new national planning policy guidance and provides new case study evidence to show how heritage-based regeneration can work in practice. It is collectively written by these principal bodies combining their expertise and in-depth knowledge of heritage properties and the market. The practical step-by-step guide for developers, owners, local authorities and advisers provides invaluable advice and warns of common pitfalls and points to ways of overcoming them. It signposts more than 30 information sources and is intended as the ‘first-stop’ reference document or ‘toolkit’ for the regeneration of the historic environment and heritage buildings.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “Heritage Works provides practical advice on what creates successful heritage-led regeneration. It shows that by applying some basic principles, developers are giving themselves and our important historic buildings a much better opportunity for success.”

The publication features a chart for navigating listed building consent and lists issues to consider when assessing heritage properties. It also considers the importance of breaking cycles of decline, as well as a range of issues such as concept development, economic benefits, characterisation, VAT, fund-raising, CIL, the public realm and conservation management plans.

Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF, said: “England possesses some of the finest architectural heritage in the world that when used properly as an asset, and given new life, continues to be one of the cornerstones of the economic and social revival of many of our towns and cities. Such regeneration represents an opportunity for conservationists and the development industry to work together to transform the built environment and public realm for the communities that live and work there.”

Rob Colley, partner and head of public sector at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “Enlightened developers and authorities are leading the way in realising that heritage assets can play a central role in achieving the successful and sustainable revitalisation of our towns, cities and rural areas. Historic buildings are increasingly seen as an opportunity rather than a constraint: they create focal points of character and can confer economic and social value beyond their own boundary. The work of Gloucester Renaissance, Royal William Yard in Plymouth and Leopold Square in Sheffield are great examples that heritage really works.”

Mark Walley, RICS UK and Ireland executive director, said: “An action critical to success is really understanding the heritage asset in question. This includes early consultation with English Heritage and the local planning authorities, ensuring a viable economic use and paying the right price for the asset. We don’t have to go far to see successful schemes enhancing our built environment. The 53 acre redevelopment of the former railway lands at King’s Cross incorporates 20 historic buildings into its fabric - helping to define and enhance one of the most important regeneration projects in Europe.”

More than 80 per cent of applications for listed building consents are granted. Forthcoming research from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery fund indicates that listed buildings are particularly favoured by retail and restaurant occupiers, helping to create vibrant urban environments, and that more than half of commercial occupiers of listed buildings are from professional services. In certain areas we see major concentrations of creative industries based in listed buildings. Soho Conservation Zone has 280 such companies and the Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area 165.  

Colley concludes: “Conservation meaning strict preservation is thankfully progressing towards a more balanced, flexible and enlightened approach, with a greater degree of consultation and collaboration between owners, developers, occupiers and planning authorities”.

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Notes to Editors:

Case studies and images available on request. Spokespeople are available for interview from all of the bodies involved. To arrange an interview or for further press information please contact:

Katharine Grice, English Heritage Corporate Communications:

020 7973 3293

Sue Gibson, Deloitte Real Estate Press Office:

020 7303 3156

Nathanael Moyers, RICS Press Office:
020 7695 1634

Patrick Clift, BPF Press Office:
020 7802 0128

About Heritage Works
The study provides a practical step-by step guide on how to bring forward a heritage-led regeneration project, identifying common pitfalls and ways of overcoming or avoiding them. It also provides a pointer to further detailed information sources. As such, it can be used as a reference document and ‘checklist’ for heritage-led regeneration schemes. It is intended to assist developers, owners, community groups, practitioners and others in bringing forward successful schemes. It is free, and available to download from:

The original Heritage Works was first published in 2006.

About Deloitte Real Estate
Deloitte Real Estate redefines the concept of a full-service real estate business, offering a breadth of capability and an innovative approach unequalled in the market. The practice combines traditional property services with financial and business advisory expertise to deliver integrated solutions from the most simple assignment to the most complex. It applies a depth of insight drawn from our understanding of all industries and sectors to advise occupiers, lenders, investors and the public sector on every aspect of real estate in an increasingly complex world. For further information, please visit:

About The British Property Federation (BPF)
The BPF is a membership organisation dedicated to representing and promoting the interests of the UK real estate industry, in order to maximise its contribution to the economy, to the savings and investment industry and to the built environment. For further information, please visit

About English Heritage
English Heritage is the Government’s statutory advisor on the historic environment. It provides advice on how best to conserve England’s heritage for the benefit of everyone. While most of England’s heritage is in private hands, it works with all who come into contact with it - landowners, businesses, planners and developers, national, regional and local government, the Third Sector, local communities and the general public -  to help them understand, value, care for and enjoy England’s historic environment.

It is also entrusted with the custodianship of over 400 sites and monuments which together form the national collection of built and archaeological heritage. These include some of the most important monuments of human history such as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. For further information, please visit

About The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity - providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector. RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction. For further information, please visit

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