Historical Research

Historical Research

As well as providing in-house research into historic buildings our historical researcher Dr. Helen Lawrence-Beaton provides in-depth urban analysis that helps inform many of our projects. We have created numerous Pattern Books and Character Analysis Studies of towns and villages throughout the UK, contributing to the design of residential developments ranging in size from small village extensions, to major new masterplans. These documents have become an essential part of our work and have now become recognised as best practice within urban design.

Careful research is undertaken to fully understand the historic development of a village or town, a particular part of a city or a wider historic estate village, documenting it’s growth, patterns of ownership and overall character. We then identify local architectural characteristics, building materials and typologies and patterns of urban form. The findings are presented in an attractive brochure, with diagrams to clearly show the evolution of a site, town or village, and visual and written appraisals of urban and architectural features.

These documents serve as a guide to future development proposals providing a resource of typologies and details that both stem from and reinforce local character. Our findings can help to inspire successful and sympathetic new development, allowing us to create designs that are in harmony with traditional building patterns and to ensure that the character of the area is strengthened by our work.

Dr Helen Lawrence-Beaton read Art History at University of Bristol, has a Masters degree in Garden History and has also completed a PhD on Thomas Archer, a key architect of the English Baroque.