Welcome to Heritage Revival
I’m Claire Truman, architect and interior designer specialising in listed buildings.
At Heritage Revival I offer design services for the sensitive revival of your heritage property.
I can help you re-invigorate your property – from a subtle re-modelling of your Edwardian home, to the conversion of your listed barn to a wedding venue.
I find considered and practical solutions to your property and development needs – spotting small steps for the greatest impact.
I will help you move your problem from dilemma to delight!
The Value Claire brings to your Listed property
Claire is an experienced architect. Qualified in 2004 her career has gone from
domestic homes, to leading large hotel and office refurbishment schemes of listed
properties of £25 million+ e.g The Gainsborough Hotel, Bath, and 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn Bars.
Uniquely Claire holds a First Class Honours degree in Historic Interior Design – proudly the first and only in the UK with this joint qualification. You can therefore opt simultaneously, for an interior design service which is specifically tailored to the sensitive adaptation of heritage buildings. Architectural services are thereby enhanced by care and attention to the interiors’ treatment of your property.
Claire recognises the value in the legacy of listed buildings and is
committed to offering you the best advice available for the longevity of your property.
Claire is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA is an optional professional body which demands additional professional responsibilities and ethical conduct.
Claire is an Affiliate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and a Conservation Registrant (CR) with the RIBA. Both these accreditations offer you assurance Claire is committed to the specific demands heritage buildings pose, over and above new-build construction.
we imagine new horizons to enhance the future of your treasured property
Making changes to your property is often one of the most important decisions you will make, not least because it is likely to be a significant financial commitment. All schemes involving listed buildings are bespoke, and you may only get one chance to experience a project. By using Claire as your architect you can rest assured that through the ups and downs of a construction project you will receive objective advice to safeguard your interests.
Services offered by Heritage Revival
‘Heritage and Well-being Health Check’
Unique to Heritage Revival – a holistic overview of your building to offer guidance on opportunities to optimise your well-being in the re-furbishment of your property
Planning and Listed Building Applications
To establish which permissions are required and an outline of the complexity of the project, and design options to be considered
Required to accompany a listed building application
Architecture and Historic Interiors’ Design
From Concept Design through to Construction
To Clients who are looking for objective advice during the construction phase
To industry professionals (Interior Designers, Agents, Architects etc) who are looking for high-level specialist advice to their Client
Claire Truman, Owner of Heritage Revival
Qualifications: Architect and Interior Designer specialising in the creative re-use of listed properties, ARB, RIBA Conservation Registrant (CR), Affiliate IHBC member
Heritage inspired me almost 20 years ago whilst in Manhattan working at Walter B. Melvin LLC on the repair of Landmark buildings, such as The Dakota and The Frick Collection.
I qualified as an architect in 2004, and enjoyed 12 years at EPR Architects as a Project Architect and Associate where I oversaw some truly unique schemes, these include:
The Grade II listed Gainsborough Hotel, Bath Spa – an award-winning 99-bed spa hotel and the first in the UK with its own dedicated thermal waters. Click here to learn more of the project.
The Grade II* listed No.2 Waterhouse Square in Holborn Bars, London – a flagship office design by Alfred Waterhouse, refurbished to suit the needs of the rapidly evolving office rental sector. Almost all 180,000sq ft has been fully let since completion. Click here to see inside the building.
In 2018 I completed a First Class Honours Degree in Heritage Interior Design – believed to be the first Architect in the UK with this specialist qualification.
If you’re keen to absorb more from the world of sensitive refurbishments do view my blog
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Why Use an Architect?
Architects are not typically engaged solely for ‘drawing services’: by engaging an Architect you can expect advice on all aspects of a project, from spatial design, to appropriate materials selection, regulations advice through to development strategy, and ultimately navigating the reality of construction.
The title ‘architect’ is protected by law (Architects Act 1997), only those who have undergone extensive training can use it. Some companies refer to themselves as
‘architectural’ designers or similar: this is not the same as ‘architect’.
Registered architects follow the ARB’s 12 Codes of Conduct. These codes guarantee a high level of professional service, for your peace of mind.
PHONE: +44 (0) 7704 543 872
Heritage Revival is based in Reading, Berkshire.
Current schemes are located in:
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London.
Contact Heritage Revival to discuss services bespoke to your requirements.