The Conservation Architecture Practice



Do you own or lease a listed or historically sensitive building that you are carrying out work on or remodelling? Are you looking for someone to design a suitable and sensitive extension? Are you looking for advice about planning permission and listed building consent? Do you need advice about a problem with your listed building?

If you answered yes to any of the above the Conservation Architecture Practice can help. The Conservation Architecture Practice brand is owned and operated by Western Building Consultants Ltd. We provide specialist advice surrounding the alteration, repair, enlargement or change of use associated of historically sensitive buildings in Bristol, Bath, Frome and Wiltshire.

Why are we different to other heritage architectural consultants and surveyors?

We have a practical approach to design solutions and have a wide variety of experience working on several different types of project. Our team is made up of professionals with varying skill sets to help ensure project success and we have a unique multidisciplinary surveying, engineering and architectural approach.


Our experience and heritage was developed from working within the historically sensitive World heritage Site of Bath. We have experience in carrying out building surveys and architectural design across the South West, including sensitive barn conversions in Wiltshire, alterations to listed buildings in Bristol, Conversions and renovations in Bath and Historic Building Surveys in Frome. We have vast experience working with conservation teams within Local Authorities such as BANES, Mendip, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.



Planning to alter or extend a listed building in a way that could affect its character? You are required by law to apply for listed building consent from your local authority. Listed buildings are usually given a grading based on their significance, the Conservation Architecture Practice has working knowledge and experience working with all grades including Grade I and II*. 

Most people are not aware that unauthorised works to a listed building is a criminal offence and you can be prosecuted, fortunately the Conservation Architecture Practice can arrange all of the required consents for you and advise on what alterations may be considered acceptable.

Our team specialises in gaining listed building consent in Bristol, Bath and Frome and will give you practical balanced advice about the best strategy to approach the Local Authority, including the use of the pre application procedure where required. Our team are experts at negotiating with conservation officers and have a wide knowledge of the planning and conservation framework. We actively monitor our application and liaise with the conservation department within your local authority to ensure a proactive approach.

We are usually able to produce all of the required planning documentation in house including, architectural detailing, statements of significance, design & access statements, schedules of repair, schedules of condition and specialist defect reports.



"We believe in outstanding historically sensitive architectural and surveying solutions for every day issues with Space, Cultural Significance, Texture, Light, Form and Function in balance.”


Quite simply, practical surveying, outstanding conservation and beautiful architectural design solutions. 





We have a proven track record in designing both Contemporary and Traditional extensions in Bristol, Bath & Frome. Site dependant the design response is often balanced on the clients requirements, the setting and Local Authorities advice. We are able to offer designs for rural solutions to extend listed farm houses, urban extensions to listed buildings and classical designs. 

We offer a free design consultation for domestic and commercial clients please contact us to arrange.

Our Top Tip! If you are looking to extend your property please book in for a c0nsultation as soon as possible. The timescales to acheive listed building consent can take quite a while. Some people would be surprised to learn that with a pre application submission, planning conditions & listed building application it could take around 4 months to get a permission in place. Also you need to allow the design team to assemble the require research and information package, usually there is a large number of drawings and information required to register the application, far in excess of a normal planning application. You may also require party wall consent from your neighbour click here to learn more.



When you are purchasing a listed or old building it is extremely important that you commission a full Building Survey opposed to a homebuyers report or valuation. Purchasing your home is probably the biggest outlay you are ever going to make, older properties are much more likely to have serious defects and a RICS branded full building survey will help to reduce some of the unknown risks that might exist. 


Our RICS Building Surveyors in Bristol, Bath and Frome provide surveys for a variety of properties both residential and commercial. This service may also be required when applying for listed building consent or a similar schedule of repairs. Due to our office locations in Bath, Bristol & Frome we are able to provide building surveys across a broad range of locations. Including the Wiltshire & South Gloucestershire Local Authority areas.



Often a full listed building survey is a good start to planning your refurbishment as it will help identify and prioritise defects. This service is really useful to accompany our architectural services as we are able to create a better maintenance strategy for the building and where possible carry out any remedial works whilst we provide alterations or extensions

We have a unique market approach, our clients are people not numbers and we are not in the business of volume surveys, we provide high quality bespoke surveys, tailored to your needs as the client. We often investigate specific issues during our survey and can review options for restoration and extension. We provide an unrivalled after service, We will call you after the survey to discuss any major issues identified, our surveys contain an approximation of the costs involved to bring the property up to a reasonable standard. 


Our after service can also include firming up costs with our in house quantity surveyor, drawing up of a schedule of repair repairs and project management.  If you would like to book a survey with us we will require you to agree to our terms and conditions, please email or call our offices to obtain a quotation.

Customer Feedback About or Building Surveying Service

"The report was brilliant and went into so much detail, having had reports from other surveyors in the past this report was far superior"  2016

"I never expected so much detail, the report was really great and there were things I never even considered, even being in the construction trade" 2015

"We have commissioned three building surveys from WBC  until we found the house that was right for us and all thanks to you" 2016



If you own or rent a historic building and have specific issues or defects we are able to provide a defect analysis recommending further investigation, recording defects or repair methodology. We usually carryout an initial survey based on an hourly inspection rate. If this service sounds suitable please call our offices and they will arrange for an inspector to visit the property.


We can also carryout fire risk assessments in Bath, Bristol & Frome, any commercial building, apartments with common areas or HMO's are required to hold a current Fire risk assessment by law. (The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO)) Often Historic buildings are difficult to make comply with modern standards. We have a proven track record for obtaining Listed Building Consent for such works if the Fire Risk Assessment identifies the need to upgrade the structure, upgrade historic doors or install fire alarm systems. We can handle the process for you to save having to use multiple service providers.

We also have experience in upgrading the fabric of listed buildings sensitively and protecting historic features such as ornate plaster ceilings. We can produce bespoke technical detailing to achieve 60 minute fire protection between separating floors.



We carryout historical architectural design all over the South West including Gloucester, Wiltshire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire & Mendip Councils. Our Offices in Bristol, Bath & Frome are in these locations:

Western Building Consultants

The Conservation Architecture Practice


Studio 1a,

31 Berkeley Square





Email_  enquiries@wbcbristol.co.uk

Tel_  01173-294290 

Western Building Consultants

The Conservation Architecture


Commerce park,

Unit R17,

Marshall Way,


BA11 2FE


Email_  enquiries@westernbuildingconsultants.co.uk

Tel_  01373-488566

Western Building Consultants

The Conservation Architecture Practice


Western House,

2 Rush Hill,





Email_  enquiries@wbcbristol.co.uk

Tel_  01225-789307 

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Our Full team of Architectural technologists, Surveyors and Building Engineers includes over 19 members of staff. Below you will find information on the key members of the conservation architecture and surveying team.

Mark Wiltshire BSc (Hons) 



Senior Architectural Technologist and Conservation Specialist, Mark has worked for WBC since graduating and is an associate of CIAT. He has a degree in ATD from the University of The West of England and is currently finishing a conservation masters degree in Oxford. He is an expert in the conversion of historic buildings and the sensitive application of upgraded building fabric.

Mark has worked heavily on the research and development of new technology to apply to historic vault conversions in Bath. Mark lives in Clifton, Bristol and can often be found working in our Bristol and Bath offices on heritage projects in the local area.

Mark is an expert at applying conservation principles and planning and has an excellent working knowledge of the conservation system.

James Dean MSc BSc (Hons)



James is a chartered fellow of CABE and a chartered architectural technologist he has been working in Bath since graduating with a degree in architectural technology and design. He also has Masters in building surveying and in his early career studied under Peter Johnston RIBA Conservation Architect.

James is an ambassador of quality architectural design and provides strategic advice for clients looking to develop or alter listed buildings. James is also a skilled surveyor and provides building surveys on a wide variety of historic properties. James is also an expert in using technology with architectural design and detailing to protect historically important features. He has project administration experience of upgrading and altering several listed buildings.

Sam George MSc BSc (Hons)






Sam is a chartered architectural technologist, building engineer and Surveyor. previously he worked for an architectural practice in South Wales and a well known architect in Bristol on projects as prestigious as the Welsh Assembly offices. He has extensive site experience and an excellent technical knowledge, he is also a specialist in CDM compliance.


Sam is a highly skilled building surveyor and has applied his building surveying skills to properties as prestigious as Great Pulteney Street, in Bath. He also has an architectural technology and design degree and a Masters in building surveying

Sam has extensive experience of project administration of historic buildings and listed building upgrades.




We have extensive experience of obtaining advertising consent, listed building alterations and change of use applications for historic or listed building commercial buildings in Bath, Bristol & Frome. Above is a small sample of some of our previous clients. We have a track record of designing extensions to commercial listed buildings.

We also have experience working on public houses, cafes, bars, nightclubs, shops, delis and service businesses.



We have extensive experience designing classic new build properties. The two properties above are based on Georgian and Victorian Manor Houses and are completely new build designs that faithfully replicate heritage design and detailing. Both Properties incorporate the latest in architectural technology ensuring they are efficient and fit for the future whilst sensitively replicating the historic features of the day. If you are interested in us designing a new build property for your site please get into contact with us and we will arrange a free on-site consultation. We also carry out technical designs for architectural designs that have already received planning permission.

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