Guy Marsden, Lucy Denton, and Cath Anthony


Listed Buildings and Heritage Assets: How to make them viable

About Guy Marsden, Lucy Denton, and Cath Anthony

Lucy Denton – Lucy has twenty years’ experience in the arts and heritage sectors as consultant, researcher and writer, she has worked on a diverse range of projects in both the public and private sectors. She has a strong background in country house estate history, and in the restoration and development of redundant or under-utilised buildings. She has advised television programmes and written for various publications.

Guy Marsden – Guy heads up the Bidwells architectural practice and has a wealth of experience in appraisal, design and delivery of new build, conversion and refurbishment projects across a range of sectors, specialising in rural projects. Guy engages with stakeholders in the planning process to gain support and undertakes multi-party consultations.

Cath Anthony – Cath is a Partner at Bidwells, a qualified Chartered Surveyor, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and a RICS Registered Valuer. Cath specialises in Anaerobic Digestion and Rural Development and Diversification. She has extensive experience of identifying and implementing alternative uses to generate new income streams and capital value.

Owners of Listed Buildings have a duty to maintain those buildings, but often this has simply not been affordable usually due to the buildings no longer having an economic use for their original purpose.

For us, the opportunities of radical planning and lateral thinking are greater for buildings that are ''at risk''.

We will talk through projects where we have obtained unusual planning consents that make a seemingly impossible situation viable for the owners, put the buildings and site to a suitable and sustainable use, preserve important rural heritage for the long-term future and produce critical capital value or net income stream for our client.
Making your Listed Building or Heritage Asset viable is particularly important in an uncertain and ever changing economic and political climate. We will explain how you can diversify and find suitable uses, including examples of leisure and tourism, commercial and residential uses.

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