University of Sussex’s listed building agreement is a first

Currie & Brown congratulates the University of Sussex on its International Green Apple Award in recognition of a landmark Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement (LBHPA) with Brighton & Hove City Council and Historic England (formerly English Heritage).

This is only the second such agreement in the country and the first involving a university. Subject to periodic review, the agreement will last for ten years, streamline future planning applications and protect listed buildings across the campus.

Under a framework agreement with the University of Sussex, Currie & Brown provides project management, quantity surveying and building surveying services. The LBHPA means that listed building consent for general or repeated work will now be granted without the need for individual applications – cutting red tape and saving time and money. This includes work to repair or replace the external fabric of buildings, internal fixtures and finishes to upgrade teaching facilities and works to improve safety and accessibility.

Dr Andrew Brown, planning and conservation director for Historic England in the South East, said: "This agreement is a big step forward and clears the way for a schedule of ongoing works to be drawn up. The LBHPA removes the ‘them and us’ situation and gives the comfort of a team working towards the same goal to protect the nation’s heritage for future generations to appreciate and enjoy."

Explaining the significance of the Green Apple Award, Martin Chalker, the university’s director of estates services, said: "The awards are organised by the Green Organisation and supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and other independent bodies. The University of Sussex competed against more than 200 other nominations in the Built Environment & Architectural Heritage category."

Commenting on the agreement, Ky Cheal, associate director at Currie & Brown, said: "This agreement is the first of its kind for a university and will bring many benefits. It provides us as consultants with certainty regarding works that can be undertaken to the listed buildings throughout the university’s estate and takes risk out of the process for us and the university. This assists us with providing the excellent service that Sussex Estates and Facilities and the University of Sussex expect from Currie & Brown. The benefits of the agreement have been demonstrated recently on a remodelling and refurbishment project at the library, a Grade II* listed building on campus. Our design proposals have been informed by the allowable works in the agreement which means that we have not had to submit an application for listed building consent and have been able to save valuable time."

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