Welcome to PHBC
PHBC is a consultancy specialising in the conservation of historic buildings.
Historic buildings are a valuable and irreplaceable resource. We are committed to advancing their sympathetic and sustainable maintenance, repair and adaptation.
Traditional buildings are different from modern buildings, principally because of their materials and methods of construction. This website provides general information about the nature of these differences and their implications for present owners, custodians and managers.
Individual buildings are just that - highly individual - and require appropriate specialist advice to achieve the best solution in each instance. There are no standard answers to issues affecting them.
The most frequent cause of damage to historic buildings is the well-meaning but ill-informed application of inappropriate modern solutions. You should never allow work to proceed without specialist advice and assessment.
PHBC's services include advice, assessment, project management, consents, permissions and working with other specialists, craftsmen and contractors.
All of us who have a historic building in our care have a responsibility to the building and its past and future generations. PHBC provides guidance and practical assistance in fulfilling that responsibility. We believe that all historic buildings are important, however small or apparently humble.