Heritage and Historical Buildings - Harmonious architecture in the heart of the Cotswolds
Ashleigh Clarke Architects

Heritage and Historical Buildings – Harmonious architecture in the heart of the Cotswolds

Posted: May, 2021

Author: Lisa Hoye


The soft light and rolling contours of the Cotswold countryside and the warm tones of the natural stone are world famous. As a local architectural practice, the architectural heritage of Cotswold historical buildings is part of our heart and soul. It’s literally the cornerstone of many of our designs. Over the last 10 years, we have built up deep specialist knowledge whilst designing for Grade I and II Listed buildings; we have close links with expert consultants in areas such as conservation, ecology and environmental needs and the additional permissions required. We bring this network of contacts and knowledge of Heritage architectural design to the table from the first contact. 

Many of our projects involve the renovation or extension of existing traditional buildings so a thorough, practical grounding in additional conservation and heritage regulations from tree preservations to ecological surveyors is vital.

We have a network of experts in all aspects of heritage conservation and we are recommended partners with The Heritage Advisory

When you have a listed building, who should you go to for architectural advice?

As Cotswold based architects, we are specialists in alterations to Listed Buildings Grades I and II. Many of our projects are either Listed or Heritage sites and we offer expert professional advice on sympathetic, architectural alterations to traditional Cotswold buildings. Ashleigh Clarke works in close collaboration with The Heritage Advisory

You may be able to get permission to build “an exceptional one-off house on a site where refusal would normally be expected.” This is the country house exemption clause, also known as Paragraph 79. 

“To qualify for approval a proposal’s design must be ‘of exceptional quality’. It should be ‘truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. It must also ‘significantly enhance its immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area”. (RIBA) 

Author: Lisa Hoye