Once an application is lodged in order to list a building, Historic England undertakes an assessment of the application on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. JS Conservation Management & Town Planning can offer assistance in giving an informal opinion of the likelihood of a building or structure being acceptable for potential inclusion on the national list of buildings of architectural and/or historic interest. If an initial assessment is favourable, then we can assist with the application process, such as making of an application on your behalf and in undertaking historic research and the writing of a short report which will assist Historic England in their assessment of the heritage value of the structure. Although there are no guarantees that the building will be listed, good historic research assists in an understanding of the heritage value which is key to the decision making of whether a building will be listed.
Walsall Drill Hall, Intown Row and Whittimere Street, Walsall
A drill hall had existed on this site from 1866, albeit the current building (which is used as a concert Venue) was constructed in 1910 to the designs of JH Hickton and HE Farmer by the builder W Whistance. Drill Halls are increasingly becoming rare throughout the UK, and in this particular example, the exterior and interior was also relatively intact, and was in fear of demolition. JS Conservation Management & Town Planning were engaged in placing a Building Preservation Notice on the building, writing a report and making an application to Historic England. After assessment by Historic England, the building was listed as Grade II.