A small country house with attached converted outbuildings (now offices) had been a residential care home until around 2000 when the hall was converted sympathetically to residential use. Wishing to use the house as a large holiday house venue, the current owners submitted applications for listed building consent and change of use. The local authority required an assessment of significance and advised that expert advice would be needed.
Assessment of significance, design advice, liaison with the planning officer, fire officer to secure alterations for change of use without harming the significance of the building. Expert knowledge secured suitable solutions acceptable to both the planning and fire officers, and included the reinstatement of a missing staircase to form a new fire escape stair (located where a secondary staircase had been removed for a lift when the house was a care home), fireproofing to historic doors and joinery, new fire doors, emergency lighting, smoke and fire alarms.