At London Block Management, historic buildings are one of our passions. They require a different kind of expertise and approach to the norm, and we love the challenges that they can bring.
What is a historic building?
Historic buildings are buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Many, but not all, of these are listed buildings – most buildings dating from before 1840 are listed. There are currently three categories on the Statutory List of Buildings in England and Wales:
Grade I – buildings of exceptional merit comprising around 2.5% of listed buildings (over 9,000 buildings in London)
Grade II* - buildings of particular importance comprising around 5.5% of listed buildings (almost 1,400 buildings in London)
Grade II – buildings of special interest comprising around 92% of listed buildings (over 16,000 buildings in London)
Why might they need managing differently?
Historic and listed buildings need managing sensitively. They need a balanced approach across numerous areas including tackling urgent issues, understanding the construction and fabric of the building, understanding the legislation, protecting and enhancing the building’s features, dealing with insurance issues, dealing with risk (health and safety, fire etc) and, ultimately, ensuring that it is a pleasant building to live in.
LBM has niche expertise in this area giving us experience and knowledge on issues that some of our competitors won’t have encountered.
Our portfolio includes numerous historic and listed buildings across London and we are always on the hunt for stunning buildings to add to it.
We manage many historic buildings in our portfolio – ranging from buildings in every category of listing through to 1960s buildings that have been listed because they are deemed to have architectural merit – so are likely to be the historic buildings of the future. If you live in a historic or listed building and would like to discuss how we can work together, we would be delighted to hear from you.