Heritage Architecture is the continuation of a specialist practice originally founded in 1948, we carry out selective conservation projects to the highest standards.


About Us

We work in planning/urban design and in practical project construction exclusively within the historic cultural environment and on a wide range of historic buildings and conservation areas. Our surveys, appraisals and inspections are renowned for an intricate and holistic approach. We strive to promote quality with imagination and flair, where solutions for modern buildings in sensitive areas are always dictated by context.

The practice philosophy is based upon the SPAB principles of conservation and repair rather than replacement and renewal. The art of conservation is dependant upon knowledge and experience of historic methods of construction, decoration and furnishing and a discerning eye for detail. This historical accuracy is fundamental to all our heritage projects.


We undertake historic appraisals, condition assessments and the preparation of schedules of significance, morphological plans and repair schedules, which provide detailed maintenance regimes and a serve to inform potential change. We believe that the fabric of a building must be understood, both as a whole and as a collection of constituent parts to be treated and preserved individually. We are always interested in formulating new methods and approaches for preserving original materials which may have hitherto never been consciously conserved.

Our built heritage consultancy services deal with the conservation of listed buildings; complex legal and planning matters; urban design and regeneration in conservation areas; and the appraisal of tall buildings having impacts on city form and townscape. The assessment of impact likely to result from particular developments as well as the appraisal of alternative developments form a major part of our workload, and as a result, we thrive on challenging problems.

    Full List of Services:

    • Conservation Architectural Service (RIBA Stages 0-7)
    • Historic Research
    • Heritage Advice
    • Morphological Drawings
    • Significance Appraisal
    • Significance Drawings
    • Characterisation Appraisal
    • Physical Impact Assessment
    • Visual Impact Assessment
    • Cultural Heritage For Eia Chapters
    • Townscape And Visual Impact Assessment For Eia Chapters
    •  Nppf/Local Policies/Guidance
    • Option Analysis
    •  Conservation Plans
    • Planning Appeal/ Public Enquiry
    • D&A Statement
    • Contribution To Tall Buildings
    • 3rd Parties Objections
    • Specifications
    • Condition Assessment
    • Repair Works
    • Quadrennial Inspections


    Stephen Levrant



    How many architects know the difference between a metope and a guilloche? Precious few.

    Stephen has spent his entire professional career in conservation and historic buildings, in both the public and private sectors of the profession. He worked for the precursor of English Heritage prior to joining the Frizzell Partnership, which he took over in the 90s. Known as a pragmatic and tenacious problem solver, he has dealt with many complex and sensitive issues in conservation from delicate and highly specialised repairs, through new build additions on sensitive sites, conservation area appraisals, legislation and planning matters, to major regeneration and development.

    Unusual building types, imaginative re-use are of particular interest and many difficult problems have been solved through application of knowledge, experience and verve.  The lottery applications and conservation plans carried out by the practice are comprehensive and to exceptional standards. Stephen is a member of numerous conservation bodies, a past committee member of ASCHB and the Wallpaper History Society and served on two conservation area advisory committees.





    Francesca Cipolla (London Office)

    Senior Associate – Conservation Architect, Dottore dell`Architettura, MSc, RIBA

    Francesca is a qualified and experienced Conservation Architect and has over twelve years experience working for Heritage Architecture Ltd. She originally joined the main office in London in 2005 and played a substantial role in the opening and organisation of the office in Manchester, as well as a small office in Rome, Italy.

    She now leads the London Office and is responsible for managing all staff members, bids and projects, from initialisation to completion, ensuring that targets and budgets are met. As Senior Associate Conservation Architect, Francesca provides specialist advice on a wide range of architectural, townscape and conservation issues. These include pre-applications and preparation of planning applications for developments, as well as developing detailed proposals that affect heritage assets, settings and conservation areas. Francesca’s experience includes designing, planning and negotiating conservation programs, managing multiple projects and working with multi-disciplinary teams. She has contributed to other advisory and consultancy work in connection with substantial urban regeneration projects across the country providing environmental impact appraisals and heritage impact statements involving historic assets of all types.

    Francesca has also developed extensive experience of the planning process, having secured considerable numbers of consents for complex sites and supporting Stephen Levrant in a number of planning appeals, public enquiries and CPOs around the country.

    Francesca obtained her Architecture degree and specialised MSc course in Urban Planning in Developing Countries (spec. Cultural Heritage). Her main previous experiences included studies of the WHS of Valparaiso (Chile) and the Valley of Kathmandu (Nepal) for UNESCO.


    Kirsten McKnight (Manchester Office)

    Senior Associate - Historic Building Consultant, MA, MSc, IHBC


    Kirsten has over ten years’ experience of working in the heritage sector and is based in Heritage Architecture’s Manchester office where she is managing a number of projects providing advice on the historic environment and preparing supporting material for planning applications. 

    Currently, Kirsten is working on a range of projects in the north-west for private and public clients. These include heritage surveys of the grade-I listed Manchester Town Hall for Manchester City Council, Masterplanning for the Co-op’s Manchester NOMA estate and advising Manchester University and Metropolitan University of asset disposal strategies. She is also providing heritage advice to Allied London regarding the redevelopment of the former 1.3ha ITV Granada site, Manchester.  

    Kirsten has an excellent working knowledge of the legislative framework related to the historic environment, which is supported by an extensive knowledge of British architectural history and conservation philosophy.  She has practical experience of undertaking archival research, recording buildings and undertaking site surveys which allows for detailed assessment and interpretation of historic buildings and areas.  Her skills in the analysis and assessment of historic buildings and areas, alongside the ability to liaise closely with clients and key stakeholders, allow issues with the historic environment often to be resolved at pre-application stage.

    On graduating with a Masters, specialising in British Architecture, Kirsten worked for the RIBA and the Globe Theatre assisting with a number of research projects.  She then worked for three years as a Caseworker for the Georgian Group where she was responsible for responding to statutory and ecclesiastical casework for the south of England, Midlands and London.  At this time Kirsten also obtained an MSc in Historic Building Conservation which provided a practical knowledge base regarding conservation techniques, surveying historic buildings and materials.

    Kirsten joined Heritage Architecture Ltd from Mouchel, a global consultancy group, where she took the lead on delivering a number of large EIA projects and planning applications. Kirsten is the Secretary of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s North-West Branch and is on the Northern Building Committee of the Victorian Society.

     The London Team

    Sophie Hamilton-Grey : Senior Conservation Architect

    BA (Hons), March, ARB


    Sophie is a Senior Conservation Architect, having worked exclusively in the heritage sector since she graduated from her Masters in Architecture in 2010. She has worked in London on the repair and conservation of some of the city’s most significant buildings and landmarks and has extensive experience assisting clients with funding applications, as well as in her technical role running projects on site.

    Sophie was extensively involved with the RICS Project of the Year 2016, Cardigan Castle, a Grade I-listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. The site of Wales’ first Eisteddfod in 1176, this large-scale regeneration scheme has been heralded as one of the most significant regeneration projects in Wales’ history.

    Here at Heritage Architecture Ltd, Sophie coordinates our architectural portfolio, working on a wide range of properties from managing the most intimate level of sensitive repair works to offering high-level strategic advice on townscape. Work includes project leader for a high-end, single-family dwelling by prolific architect John Nash and, at the other end of the spectrum, a city-centre, contemporary, new-build rooftop extension to a historic property of enormous cultural significance.

    In her free time, Sophie has a passion for research, particularly in social history, and accordingly has extensive work published nationally about her architectural research. She was winner of the Norwest Holst Prize and Charles Reilly Medal in 2010, the highest commendation for Masters students in architecture. Her work has been exhibited at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011) and the RIBA Supermodels Exhibit, (2012).


    Maida Kaiser: Senior Architectural Conservation Consultant

    Dipl.Ing.Arh, Mr. Arh.


    Maida is a Senior Architectural Conservation Consultant, with over 12 years of experience working in the Heritage Sector. She joined Heritage Architecture’s team in 2008, after almost six years working on a large scale master-planning and urban design projects for the conservation and development of historic cities, as well as numerous restoration and conservation projects of individual historic buildings. These were both international, as part of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture & World Monuments Fund Mostar Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and UK based projects.  

    Maida is based in the London office and her main role is providing specialist advice on pre-applications and planning applications for developments and other proposals that affect historic environment - listed buildings, their setting and the conservation areas. Maida has worked with industrial heritage sites (including Hayle Harbour, a World Heritage Site), dealing with sensitive archaeology and setting issues and has, also, been closely involved in the major redevelopment at the Stables Market Camden, a mixed-use scheme involving five listed buildings and three new ones, in one of the finest remaining conservation area sites in the borough.

    Other projects include interventions and alterations to individual listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas, including accompanying assessment of the significance and impact of the proposed developments on the heritage assets required for the listed building consents and the planning permissions. The most recent was involvement in a high-end development of a semi-detached pair of a Grade I listed grand palace-style houses by John Nash within Regents Park Conservation Area, working closely with and supporting the lead architect and the design team on extensive repairs to the historic fabric and reinstatement of historic architectural features.

    In her spare time she enjoys baking, which is strongly encouraged by the rest of the team, and spending time with family and friends.


    Josephine Roscoe: Senior Architectural Conservation Consultant

    MSc Historic Conservation, BSc Architecture


    Josie has been working as an Architectural Conservation Consultant at Heritage Architecture Ltd since 2013. During her time in the office, she has been extensively involved in long-term projects such as grade II listed Cherkley Court, Leatherhead, providing design and heritage advice mainly addressing change of use and repair and Camden Stables Market, for which she prepared Justification Statements, Schedules of Repair and concept designs while closely liaising with the local authority. Camden Stables Market has since been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.

    At Heritage Architecture Ltd, Josie’s main scope of works include providing heritage advice and the preparation of documents for listed building consent and planning applications, which ranges from production of surveys of significance and condition of buildings, morphological plans, Impact Assessments and Policy Compliance. She has also delivered numerous Heritage, Townscape and Visual Impact Assessments as part of EIAs for various large scale developments such as 562 Mile End, London and Temple Quay, Bristol. Josie has also been extensively involved in Planning and LBC applications for the restoration and alterations to the Grade II* listed No.33 Portland Place, by Robert and James Adam. Part of the proposed works was to replace the existing late 19th century decorative scheme with a scheme faithful to the Adam style in the two main rooms at ground floor level. As there are no records of the ceiling design for those rooms, Josie produced a scholarly interpretation of a completely new Adam ceiling and frieze.

    Josie’s early experience in architecture and the heritage sector developed while working for Studio Signorini in Umbria, Italy. To enhance her understanding in historic buildings, she completed an MSc in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, which is professionally recognised by the IHBC. Following her studies at Oxford Brookes, she spent five months at the Glasgow City Heritage Trust where she produced a number of reports for the condition & repair assessment, photographic recording and sourcing for original ironwork in Glasgow’s conservation areas.

    Outside the office, Josie has a particular interest in the regeneration and restoration of Italy’s ‘Ghost Towns’, which are suffering due to loss of trade, lack of modern infrastructure and earthquake damage. This interest sparked during her two years of work experience in Italy, where she visited many of these uninhabited medieval borgos.


    Ophelia Blackman: Architectural Conservation Consultant

    BSc (Hons) MSt (Cantab)


    Ophelia has been working at Heritage Architecture Ltd since February 2017 after having completed her Masters in Building History at the University of Cambridge. Combined with an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, her education has informed her knowledge of historic design and conservation.

    As an Architectural Conservation Consultant, Ophelia has been drawing upon her past knowledge and experience by producing architectural drawings, writing Heritage Statements and conducting relevant historic research. Ophelia has worked on a wide range of projects since joining the team, such as Liberty’s Department Store, a residential property in Belgravia and Camden Market Stables.

    Prior to joining the practice, Ophelia has worked in several architectural practices in London and Australia and has worked on both listed and unlisted residential, public and ecclesiastical sites, including Westminster Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ophelia has a particular interest in twentieth-century architecture and completed her Master’s thesis on Ted Hollamby’s Pepys Estate in Deptford.

    Susanna Levrant Freud: Financial Director, HR & Company Secretary

    Susanna joined the company in December 2013. She was trained as a graphic artist and designer, studying at The Wimbledon School of Art and Plymouth Art School. She specialised in film animation, but in later years became a successful wholesaler and retailer in Covent Garden, travelling to India and China to manufacture and source new products. Her experience in running her own wholesale business, and her ability to continually learn new skills, has given her the knowledge and understanding to work alongside Stephen Levrant as financial director of the company.


    Melisa Thomas: P.A. to Stephen Levrant

    BA (Hons); PGDip Law; LPC


    Melisa is Stephen Levrant’s Personal Assistant.  In addition, she assists the team with the project workload, co-ordinating new bids and tenders, and providing general administrative support. Melisa joined Heritage Architecture Ltd in October 2016, after working as a paralegal for eight years.  Melisa has a longstanding interest in heritage, history of art and historic buildings – and in her spare time has been a tour guide at Strawberry Hill House, since 1998.  She is now studying for a Masters degree in Conservation of the Historic Environment while working full-time at Heritage Architecture Ltd. 

    Melisa aspires to continue to work within the heritage and conservation industries, combining her passion for historic buildings with her experience working within the boundaries of laws and regulations.

    Joan Catwell: Receptionist and Office Administrator

    With ten years’ experience at Heritage Architecture Ltd, Joan is responsible for the general administrative duties of the office. Joan works on reception welcoming visitors and dealing with general enquiries.


     The Manchester Team

    Nick Grimshaw – Senior Associate - Heritage & Conservation Planning Consultant



    Nick Grimshaw is an experienced heritage professional who has been working in the field of historic building conservation for more than 25 years. He joined Heritage Architecture Ltd at the beginning of 2012. He has held senior positions as: Head of Conservation and Design in South Cambridgeshire, Lead Associate on Heritage and Conservation at Taylor Young Architecture, and a combined role as Historic Building Inspector and Historic Areas Advisor for English Heritage (now Historic England).

    Nick is based in Manchester and leads on a number of key development projects, specialising in providing historic environment advice to building owners, developers, local authorities and agencies, principally in the north west of England. Nick works for both the private and public sector, including Historic England, providing development management advice and Manchester City Council, undertaking the Manchester Town Hall Feasibility Study and subsequent Building Condition Surveys between 2013 and 2016. He wrote the Manchester Town Hall Heritage Management Plan, and has also drafted a detailed Conservation Plan for the London Road Fire Station complex.

    He is able to combine practical skills with detailed knowledge and understanding of conservation legislation, policy and practice, to help deliver complementary developments in the historic environment.


    Matthew Williams: Senior Conservation Surveyor

    MA, MSc, PGDipSurv, MRICS


    Matthew is a Chartered Building Surveyor with 12 years’ experience working on historic buildings in a wide range of capacities. Since moving to Heritage Architecture’s Manchester office in 2015, he has worked on the first phase of the Manchester Town Hall Surveys project including responsibility for the survey of the Albert Memorial. Other projects for major clients in Manchester have included in-depth condition surveys of the Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall for Manchester University, a specific defects investigation into basement water ingress at the Grade II listed Ormond Building for Manchester Metropolitan University, and building surveys and heritage assessments of rural listed buildings for Manchester Airports Group.

    Matthew also recently oversaw the final stage of the reinstatement of the Grade II listed Memorial Cross in St Peter’s Square, part of the Second City Crossing Metrolink project for Transport for Greater Manchester. He has developed extensive involvement in the NOMA joint venture between the Co-Operative and Hermes Real Estate, providing conservation and building surveying advice to the various project teams addressing the repair and refurbishment requirements of the former Co-Operative campus.

    Matthew was previously Church Buildings Advisor to the Diocese of London, and as such he had extensive involvement with the management of the quinquennial inspection system for surveying and maintaining church buildings. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor working for a specialist practice in the City of London working on some of London’s most high profile Grade I listed church buildings including St Clement Eastcheap, St Botolph Aldersgate and St Olave Hart Street.

    At the start of his career Matthew took a job working for a conservation building contractor taking direct responsibility for conservation projects on site working on a range of vernacular buildings in Hertfordshire and Essex, getting to grips with traditional skills such as mixing and applying lime mortars and renders and sourcing traditional materials such as hand made bricks and pammett tiles. He subsequently worked as a standing buildings archaeologist recording and researching listed farmhouses, inns and country houses of the 17th and 18th centuries and earlier.

    Matthew’s research has been published in the Journals of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, and he is Assistant Editor of Transactions, the Journal of the Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings.


    Lee Hutchings:  Historic Building Consultant

    BSC (Hons)


    Lee has over nine years’ experience of working in the heritage sector, since graduating from the University of Glamorgan in 2006, and is based in Heritage Architecture’s Manchester office where he is researching and advising on a number of historic sites and buildings in the north west, and preparing supporting material for planning applications. 

    Lee has comprehensive experience of preparing heritage reports and conducting historic research, and has a proven track record of architectural appraisals in the urban and rural environment with specific capabilities in assessing significance and historic development of buildings/structures.

    Currently, Lee is working on a range of projects in the north-west for both private and public clients. These include assisting on assessing the significance/design of the world’s first purpose-built railway station hotel in Manchester, and has recently completed a heritage survey of the Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall and its original furniture for Manchester City Council. Lee’s passion for historic buildings and social history extends to his free time where he likes to collect retro mid-century collectables and jazzy shirts.


    Sadie Jarrett: Architectural Conservation Consultant

    BA (Hons), MSc

    Daniel Cummins: Historic Building Consultant

    MA (Oxon), PhD

    Ryan Bunce: Senior Building Conservation Surveyor   

    BSc(Hons) DipProjMan PGDipCHE MRICS FRSA

    Ryan Bunce is a project manager, land agent and Chartered building surveyor specialising in the historic and rural environments and ecclesiastical sectors in both rural and urban settings.
    Qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS), Ryan has also developed his specialist skillset having undertaken the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors post graduate diploma qualifications in both Project Management (DipProjMan) and the Conservation of Historic Environment (PGDipCHE).  

    Ryan Bunce is also an appointed Quinquennial Inspector for a number of Anglican churches under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991. He is also a committee member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.