W.H.H. Van Sickle
Topographical and Building History Research
Topographical and historical resources tend to be under-used by property developers, general architects, and even historic-buildings architects. One reason for this is that much historical work is focused upon themes rather than places, and material which might be of interest relates only marginally to specific buildings.
historical work is focused upon themes rather than places, and material which might be of interest relates only marginally to specific buildings.
Nonetheless, a great deal of site-specific material exists in archives, and when placed in its historical context can be invaluable in documenting aspects of design and development. Such work is
often done in a casual manner and/or is poorly related to building projects, but there is no obvious reason why archival and topographical research should be any less thorough and rigorous than other
aspects which are routinely explored prior to restoration, design or development.
Since 1985, I have combined an academic background in planning, urban design, and architectural history with professional experience as a consultant dealing with historic building projects, procedures, and legislation to locate, analyse and summarise archival material relating to buildings and sites; to advise on good conservation practice when restoring, renovating, or re-using historic or listed buildings and sites; and to prepare heritage impact assessments in support of applications for planning and listed building consents.
W.H.H. Van Sickle, B.A.,M.Sc.(Pl.)
Heritage Sites and Building Advice
11 Hillary Road
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 5TN
Telephone: +44(0)1256 211 858
Mobile: +44(0)7941 652 458
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