Holistic sustainable development is about addressing social as well as ecological systems.

As such, retaining and regenerating places of community value is fundamental to achieving truly sustainable outcomes.

That’s why we work to inform our clients of the long-term cultural, economic and environmental value of their heritage places. Understanding how your asset contributes to its wider context is a critical first step in planning for its long-term sustainability.

Retrofitting and adaptive re-use of older buildings has already emerged as one key strategy of the ESD movement. We are inspired by the convergence of ecological and cultural sustainability objectives.

Thinking of the historic environment in terms of ‘places’ instead of individual monuments is like thinking about the habitats and eco-systems of the natural world. Both need to be kept alive. The historic environment, like the green environment, is continuously evolving and renewing itself.

Sir Neil Cossons, speech given at City University, London, The Guardian, 21 May 2003

By preserving buildings, demolition waste and new construction waste are eliminated, and embodied energy in the existing building materials is conserved.

Heritage Canada Foundation, ‘Exploring the connection between built and natural heritage’ 2001

Gabo Island Lighthouse Photo Peter Bennetts