On Wednesday I got to wear a hard hat on a site visit for the first time which, weirdly, I really enjoyed. (Despite the terrible hat hair later in the day.)
We have applied for a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for 20+ properties, and I accompanied Historic England on their inspection. It was a long day! A COI prevents a building being listed for 5 years, which can be very useful for a development. If a COI is not granted, the building will automatically be listed. COIs are, therefore, only used when we are confident that a building does not meet the requisite standards for designation.
It was good to see how Historic England approached their assessment. It was also interesting to see part of what happens on site after planning, even in this case, where planning has not been sought yet. The buildings were being stripped out, hence the Health and Safety gear. Thankfully the exposed interiors did not reveal any crazily significant historic features that we would otherwise have missed!
Another new experience at Montagu Evans, tick.
Assistant Heritage Adviser, Planning