Historic Building Recording

Suffolk Archaeology can provide detailed Historic Building Recording reports, as required by local planning authorities and Historic England, for use in standard planning applications or applications for Listed Building or Conservation Area consent. Such work is either done in-house or by liaison with external freelance specialists with the appropriate expertise …

Recording the triforium walk on the west front of the abbey, Bury St Edmunds

Building surveys are usually carried out to a specified level, following Historic England guidance, at the request of the planning authority, although we can provide guidance as to the appropriate approach. Such surveys typically consist of:

    • Appraisal of a buildings historic setting by a site inspection and study of historic documentary and cartographic sources.
    • On-site analysis of the buildings fabric and structural history.
    • Measured survey and recording of the building as appropriate, using rectified photography, digital GPS survey or hand measurement/drawing.
    • Assessment of a buildings architectural and historical significance, quality of preservation and sensitivity to change.
    • Recommendations as appropriate for the buildings treatment with any proposed project design.
    • Production of a detailed, fully illustrated assessment or archive report.


    Rectified composite photography of internal face of wall of St James Leper Chapel, Dunwich, Suffolk

    Report site plan from historic building recording at Wattisfield, Suffolk

Case study

Lodge Farm, Wyverstone, Suffolk

The South Barn at Lodge Farm, Wyverstone

Suffolk Archaeology commissioned a historic building survey which was required on an application for the partial demolition and conversion of a redundant farm building complex to residential use.


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