Through their involvement in varying capacities in many historic building projects in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, members of the Prendos architectural team have developed a first-hand understanding and appreciation of the significance and art of preserving and conserving historic buildings.

The team is experienced in working together with town planners and recognised conservation architects in accordance with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Developing concept plans, 3D visualisations and detailed design specifications that ensure the structural integrity of at-risk or damaged buildings, and provide long-term protection to sensitive historic building fabric and building façades.

The architectural team has the advantage of being able to call on the specialist knowledge of other Prendos consultant services, such as structural engineering, fire engineering, quantity surveying, building surveying, project management, valuations, energy and sustainability consultants and legal advisers to assist in areas where their professional expertise is critical to the success of the project.

Recognising that the conservation of heritage buildings plays a critical part in preserving our country’s history, Prendos together with Heritage New Zealand established an award scholarship for Victoria University 4th Year Architecture students in 2013. This award was for integrated design of a cluster of buildings in a heritage precinct incorporating seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse of existing heritage building fabric in Cuba Street, Wellington. Ann Neill, General Manager Central Region at Heritage New Zealand said “Last year’s joint award with Prendos and presentation at the special ceremony in February this year was a really high point for me.” We look forward to continuing our support of Heritage projects in 2014 and beyond.

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