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Conservation

DKA has been involved with numerous projects that involve work to historic buildings and landscapes. Much of our work has been in the context of the repair, refurbishment, adaptation, modernisation or extension to existing buildings and structures, and includes Georgian private houses, Victorian country houses and their estates, schools, hospitals and defence establishments.

We undertake conservation work and other works to historic structures as part of our normal architectural service and have the necessary experience within the office to deal with all but the most demanding conservation exercises. In these cases we often work with specialist conservation architects, in some cases former DKA employees.

Our approach is to respect the existing historic fabric and to design any new interventions in a contemporary idiom using modern materials, and to avoid pastiche or copying in all but exceptional instances. We have developed good working relationships with and enjoy the support of local authority conservation officers and representatives of English Heritage.