"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Conservation is often defined as the arrest of decline and the management of change, change and evolution being vital in the adaptation of any organism to its habitat. Paradoxically, the prolonged use of structures that shape our surroundings reflects our psychological need for continuity, whilst their adaptation is a sustainable use of physical resources in providing extended utility for later generations. Architectural conservation encompasses these two needs - for continuity and change. A knowledge transfer economy in action.
An understanding of our built environment enables better control of our habitat and adaptation to our evolving needs. Buildings are also an historical reference point for the scientific, craft, artistic and technological expressions that are major elements of our culture. The knowledge accrued from academic study of an individual structure and the practical engagement in the process of its conservation enables a qualitative assessment to be made. This informed judgment of significance will lead to selection of best examples for retention and a benchmark with which to measure the development and performance of current design, materials and technologies.
Examples of our conservation knowledge experience include work by Alexander “Greek” Thomson, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and at Rosslyn Chapel, Eden Court Theatre and The Lighthouse.