Building surveying, research and analysis for the historic environment


Character Conservation often partners with other heritage sector professionals and specialist organisations according to project scope and client requirements.

Our combined projects focus exclusively on the historic environment, invariably dealing with complex and sensitive issues in building conservation and the environmental challenges posed modern living requirements constrained by traditional construction practice. Every project is unique and we bring together the best-equipped team to deliver the optimal end result.

More information about our project associates can be found below:

  • Byford Furniture & Joinery

Bespoke carpentry and joinery for historic buildings; ranging from discrete modifications to antique furniture and traditional oak fold-back window shutters, through to new window fabrications and access solutions within an ecclesiastical environment. Formerly of Ward & Co. (Building Conservation) Ltd., Chris Byford is based near Stroud and works primarily within the Cotswolds district.

Contact Chris Byford:

  • Elaine Milton Heritage & Planning

Provides impartial heritage-based advice on listed building applications, planning applications and proposed developments within and/ or potentially impacting upon conservation areas. Elaine Milton is a RIBA-accredited architect and conservation professional with many years experience as a Chartered Town Planner working within the public sector.

Contact Elaine Milton

  •  Affinity Architects

An award-winning architectural design practice based in Wilton, Salisbury. Principal Melanie Latham is a conservation-accredited RIBA architect with a wide-ranging project portfolio which includes sensitive additions to historic buildings and sustainable energy solutions.

Contact Affinity Architects

  •  RS Stonemasonry Limited

Ross Southerington is a cathedral-trained master mason specialising in historic building repairs, carvings, lettering, setting and banker masonry works. Project works that he has undertaken for our clients include Chesterton Manor, Edwards College, St Mary’s Bibury (graveyard memorial repairs) and the Lower Orchard Garden, Bibury.

Contact RS Stonemasonry

  • Ben Prothero – Artist/ Blacksmith

Skilled designer and fabricator for all types of metal creations, including traditional wrought-iron and steel work. Bespoke curved handrails for Cotswold vernacular ‘winder’ staircases, all types of gates (pedestrian and vehicular) and security grilles.

Contact Ben Prothero



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