Lyons O'Neill

The rewards & challenges of working on listed buildings

Here at Lyons O’Neill, we embark on a diverse range of projects. Each one provides a unique set of challenges and opportunities, enabling us to exercise our creativity and expertise. Prime examples of projects presenting rare and often unpredictable challenges are those involving listed buildings.

A listed building is a structure that has been lawfully protected against demolition and particular developments. These buildings are recognised by organisations such as Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and so on, as a historic site. The older or more unique the building, the more likely it is to be listed. As a result, such buildings often present a surplus of challenges for architects and engineers.

One of the greatest challenges structural engineers face when dealing with listed buildings is the issue of preservation. These structures often bear development restrictions regarding both the external presentation of the site as well as the internal features. It’s important to preserve the historical character of these properties and, as a result, they must be handled by specialists, proficient in dealing with their complex demands.

Over the years, we’ve dealt with a number of listed buildings projects, meaning our team is well versed in in how to approach the challenges they bring. We’ve always strived to produce innovation solutions for our clients and our listed building projects showcase some of our finest. Take a look at some of our favourites and see how we handled the unique challenges they presented:

St Luke’s Chapel

See the full project here.

The Weather Room

See the full project here.

French School

See the full project here.

St George’s Church

See the full project here.

Victoria & Albert Museum

See the full project here.


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