We can assist property owners or consultant teams to manage or develop their heritage properties by providing services such as heritage assessment, assistance with permits, registration of heritage properties, and conservation management. We can also assist with the masterplanning, design, construction documentation and contract administration of alterations and additions to heritage buildings or of new buildings within significant heritage places or precincts. 

Advice, assessment & interpretation

Heritage Advice
Through our extensive experience, including the provision of heritage advice to local councils, we can provide property owners with sound advice as to the potential heritage significance of their property, the influence and potential impact of heritage controls on the use and development of their property, and the potential for new work on, or adjacent to, a significant heritage property.

Ian Coleman also provides design advice to other architects and consultant teams to assist in developing appropriate outcomes in heritage overlays and/or to assist in resolving Town Planning issues.

Heritage Assessments
A Heritage Assessment, often required by Councils and Heritage bodies, establishes the significance - historic, social, aesthetic, technical - of a heritage place. Heritage Assessments are also of great benefit to private and institutional owners in order to establish the heritage status of their property to aid in proper planning for future use and development.

Heritage Impact Statements (HIS)
A Heritage Impact Statement specifically addresses the potential impact of proposed changes on a heritage place or its immediate environment. They are often required by councils and other authorities to accompany and/or inform the town planning permit application.

Conservation Management Plans (CMP)
A comprehensive document that establishes the significance of a heritage place and its component parts, analyses its physical state and develops policies for its ongoing management. Often required by federal, state and local authorities prior to approving works to heritage places, a CMP underpins good conservation management and provides property owners with a guide to maintaining their property and aids decision making when planning changes to a heritage place.

Interpretation Strategies
The provision of interpretative panels and/or other material to illustrate the use and development of the place is often a requirement for the management of a heritage place and can be prepared or co-ordinated by this office.

Technical services

Condition Surveys
A detailed assessment of the condition of the fabric of existing buildings from which schedules of conservation works can be prepared.

Archival Recording of Heritage Places through measured drawings and/or photographic surveys
Archival quality photographic recording of heritage places can be provided to carefully record the fabric of a place prior to changes being undertaken. Preparation of basic or detailed measured drawings to record the built structure and/or to use for future documentation can also be supplied.

Conservation advice and documentation
Through many years of experience providing technical advice to owners of heritage places we are well placed to advise on appropriate methods of treatment and/or repair, as well as prepare documentation and organise suitably qualified specialist consultants and tradespeople to undertake the works.

Resolution of regulatory issues such as universal access, emergency egress and services.
With our extensive architectural experience on a variety of building types in the city and country, we have developed a practical and pragmatic approach to resolving complex regulatory issues such as the provision of emergency egress, fire services and universal access and associated facilities.

Development of sustainable solutions for heritage places
The retention and adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is becoming increasingly recognised as one of the most effective approaches to produce a sustainable future. Reducing demolition waste, the necessity to produce new materials, and retaining embodied energy in existing building materials enables an ongoing and enduring use for heritage buildings.