Anthony Hoyte BA(Hons) MA(RCA) MSc IHBC


Anthony has over 15 years of experience as a heritage consultant, working at Alan Baxter before joining BHC in 2013, following an earlier career as a building researcher and graphic designer at Foster & Partners, David Chipperfield Architects and Arup Associates.

Anthony has extensive experience of advising on conservation and redevelopment affecting listed buildings, conservation areas, archaeological sites and locally-designated heritage assets. Past clients have included a range of public bodies such as Network Rail, London Underground, Defence Estates, the Church Commissioners and a number of universities and local authorities, in addition to numerous private clients and developers. This range of experience contributes to Anthony’s expertise in negotiating effectively with various stakeholders and local planning authorities.

Anthony has extensive knowledge of design and conservation issues, relevant legislation and guidance, and architectural history of all periods. His commitment to thorough research and creative thinking on each and every project underpins the reliability and effectiveness of his work, ensuring an informed and strategic approach that enables difficult decisions about the historic environment to be made successfully.




Charles has worked in heritage and planning for over 40 years. After his civil engineering degree he was awarded a SPAB Lethaby Plunkett Scholarship in the repair of old buildings, before moving to English Heritage as a listed building assessor. Having qualified as a Chartered Town Planner, Charles moved into English Heritage’s work helping to revive market towns and industrial settlements, before returning to London to develop historic areas work and the public realm advice, resulting in the Streets for All London Streetscape Manual in 2000, similar manuals for the English Regions in 2005, and the Save our Streets campaign to improve the Public Realm in all streets and public spaces.

For 10 years until April 2015 Charles was Head of Planning and Urban Advice at English Heritage, leading a team covering Planning, Environmental Assessment, Regeneration, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport, Public Realm, Local Government (including Heritage Champions) and Localism (Neighbourhood Planning and community assets transfer). He helped to draft parts of the National Planning Policy Framework and its Planning Practice Guidance, as well as the recent Historic England Good Practice Advice Notes on setting and heritage in local plans. Charles has also produced or contributed to advice covering conservation areas, retail in historic areas, heritage advice for developers, enabling development, community asset transfer, CABE / Design Council’s Advice on Tall Buildings, renewables and micro-generation, and broadband and mobile network infrastructure.


Sam Jackson BSc, PGDip, MRICS, IHBC


Sam worked as a development surveyor for multidisciplinary firms including Drivers Jonas and Cluttons, advising public sector and private clients in all areas of planning and property, before gaining a degree in building conservation in 2013. He was an Associate Director at RPS CgMs, and more recently at Turley, before joining the Built Heritage Consultancy in 2018.

Sam’s work includes rigorous Heritage Statements to support pre-application discussions, and justify schemes at application stage. He has particular expertise in detailed and strategic advice to clients and their design teams on adaptive re-use of heritage assets (working collaboratively to optimise each scheme and minimise heritage planning risk) and in pre-application and post-submission negotiation with Local Planning Authorities, Historic England and the Amenity Societies. Sam’s projects include the full range of heritage assets, covering applications, appeals, enforcement cases, and representations concerning assessments for listing.


Melanie Adamson BSc, MSc, IHBC


Melanie joined the Built Heritage Consultancy in 2016, following two decades of experience as a conservation officer at several London authorities. This included 12 years at the City of Westminster, assessing applications for works affecting listed buildings and conservation areas, providing design advice, and negotiating with applicants and stakeholders including English Heritage / Historic England and the large West End estates.

More recently Melanie was a Design Officer at the Corporation of the City of London, dealing with listed buildings, conservation areas, and large redevelopment proposals. In this role she became familiar with the procedures and attitudes of the City of London planners, and how the various teams within the authority work together on complex projects. Melanie has been able to use her past experience as a conservation officer to great effect in her work as a consultant, with particular expertise in negotiations and enforcement.


James Weeks


James has advised on the conservation and development of historic buildings and places for 20 years. Following a degree in architectural history he worked for six years as a heritage consultant at Alan Baxter before setting up the Built Heritage Consultancy in 2010.

James’s work spans every area of the development or management of historic buildings and places. As well as planning and listed building consent applications, his projects involve appeals and expert witness statements, townscape assessments and characterisation, conservation management plans, recording, views analysis, environmental impact assessments, and other related issues. Over the years he has worked on a number of well-known historic sites like York Minster and Somerset House, various more ordinary structures such as listed terraced houses and cottages, large infrastructure projects including High Speed 2 and the Thames Tideway Tunnel, and new build developments within historic urban or suburban contexts. His background in research gives a strong academic robustness to his advice, which is combined with a holistic approach that seeks to maximise the potential of every project.













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