Chris Surfleet , Guy Marsden, Daniel Jones and Cath Anthony

Bidwells

How to make Listed/Heritage buildings viable

About Chris Surfleet , Guy Marsden, Daniel Jones and Cath Anthony

Chris Surfleet – Chris Surfleet has over 20 years of experience working in heritage and urban design within both the public and private sectors. As well as providing advice on a broad range of heritage matters, Chris frequently acts as a Heritage Expert Witness and is extremely knowledgeable in this sector. He is committed to developing and expanding business opportunities, and is respected for his professional opinions and contribution to project teams.

Guy Marsden – Guy Marsden heads up the Bidwells architectural practice and has a wealth of experience in appraisal, design and delivery of new build, conversion and refurbishment projects across a range of sectors, specialising in rural projects. Guy engages with stakeholders in the planning process to gain support and undertakes multi-party consultations. He identifies and appraises development opportunities sites and produces conceptual and detailed design of mixed-use, commercial and residential schemes, as well as specialised projects, particularly within rural locations.

Daniel Jones – Daniel has over 20 years property experience and founded the Bidwells Rural Development and Diversification(RDD) team. As Head of the RDD team, he specialises in identifying and implementing alternative uses to generate new income streams and capital value. The RDD team covers the full range of commercial, residential, tourism/leisure, hospitality and other property uses - basically anything that you find in towns and cities, which can be enjoyed even more in rural surroundings! Daniel has a lot of experience with Heritage and Listed buildings, finding solutions to seemingly impossible situations through ‘Enabling Development’ or other strategies and tactics.

Cath Anthony – Cath is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and a RICS Registered Valuer. Cath specialises in Anaerobic Digestion and Rural Development and Diversification. She has extensive experience of identifying and implementing alternative uses to generate new income streams and capital value. Cath has been involved in the full range of commercial, residential, retail, tourism/ leisure, hospitality and other property uses in rural locations. Projects are wide ranging from barn conversions to residential developments on the edge of villages to wedding venues and farm shops. Cath has helped find solutions to seemingly impossible situations for many heritage and listed buildings on rural estate, such as enabling development schemes.

Owners of Listed Buildings have a duty to maintain those buildings, but often this has simply not been affordable usually due to the buildings no longer having an economic use for their original purpose.

For us, the opportunities of radical planning and lateral thinking are greater for buildings that are ''at risk''.

We will talk through projects where we have obtained unusual planning consents that make a seemingly impossible situation viable for the owners, put the buildings and site to a suitable and sustainable use, preserve important rural heritage for the long term future and produce critical capital value or net income stream for our client.

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