Old buildings, historic areas, heritage assets: call them what you will, they are critical to every nation’s culture and social well-being. Together, they form the grain of what we now call our historic environment. They provide crucial identity, distinctiveness, depth, character, and sense of place to our urban and rural landscapes. They are the most visible everyday fabric connecting us to our roots.

Important historic environment

Small wonder, then, that in the oft-quoted MORI poll for the seminal 2000 report ‘Power of Place’ published by English Heritage, 96% of a representative sample of people considered the historic environment to be important for its educational value, whilst more than three in every four regarded their lives as being all the richer for its presence.

But, just because a building is old does not make it a ‘good thing’ or assure it of a bright and valued future. Progress and change in our towns and cities are imperative too, bringing vitality, character and economic enrichment of their own.

A sustainable future

Heritage Places does what it does because we believe we will only secure a sustainable future for society by integrating the new within our historic environment in a way that enriches and delivers the fullest value from both. Wherever possible, places should have positive character and distinctiveness, and we should be investing in projects to that end. In these circumstances, knowledge informs and empowers.

Our mission is to bring proper understanding of the value and potential contribution of our heritage – the historic environment – to every project on which we work, so that planners, investors, developers, managers and other decision makers, as well as local communities, can make informed judgements about the benefits of change.