Our involvement usually begins at the earliest stage as part of design team discussions with all stakeholders, through to completion of the project. ARP prides itself on its pro-active and cost effective approach to the refurbishment of existing buildings. We have provided solutions for a wide range of projects from single dwelling barn conversions to hospitals, multi-storey mill buildings, and façade retention on listed buildings.
When dealing with defects on existing building, ARP look to identify and deal with the cause of the defect before a repair is designed. The repairs we design aim to be compatible and appropriate to the existing building fabric. ARP work within conservation principles when dealing with interventions on historic building and where needed utilise reversible strengthening whilst maximising the life expectancy of the structure.
ARP have delivered many successful Building Services design projects in historic and listed buildings over a prolonged period. The practice has provided a sympathetic approach to the provision of engineering services in a number of historic properties, seeking to provide an “installed but not seen” approach wherever practicable.
We also get involved with adapting and reconfiguring buildings which have less historic importance. These are often building which are currently in use and need to keep operating whilst works are on-going. Here the phasing and buildability issues often have a significant impact on the design solution.
ARP often undertake structural inspections and condition appraisals of existing properties and infrastructure.