RMA Heritage Ltd.

11 Horder Close, Bassett, Southampton SO16 7QB
Tel  023 80 760043
0797 905 0947

Which IHBC Branch are you based in?


Which county are you based in?

Hampshire but we cover London, South East and South West, and further afield on larger projects.

Describe the work your company carries out

RMA Heritage provides effective specialist conservation, planning, design and landscape advice to the private, public and third sectors. The consultancy has significant experience of working on complex and innovative projects in the historic environment and has advised on many successful development schemes. We take an informed and rigorous approach to understanding the historic environment and assessing its capacity for change, listen to our clients, and work creatively with architects and other professions.

In the case of development projects, we can provide any of the following services:

  • Pre-purchase advice
  • Site evaluation, archival research and historic building assessments
  • Pre-application research, planning policy review and design advice
  • Heritage significance statements
  • Design and access statements
  • Listed Building Consent, Conservation Area Consent & planning applications
  • Scheduled Monument Consent
  • Consultation, negotiation and public engagement
  • Planning appeals, hearings and expert witness at public inquiries
  • Conservation advice during project implementation
  • Historic building recording
  • Landscape and visual impact assessments
  • Historic Parks and Gardens
  • Proposals in World Heritage Sites, National Parks and AONBs
  • Urban design advice

Other areas of expertise include:

  • Article 4 Directions
  • Buildings at Risk Surveys and Strategies
  • Conservation Area Character Appraisals and Management Strategies
  • Conservation Management Plans
  • Characterisation Studies
  • Local and Statutory Lists

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

Ben Ainslie Racing Team America’s Cup Facilities Building,
The Camber, Portsmouth
HGP Architects

RMA Heritage was appointed to undertake a Heritage Significance Statement and assess the visual impact of the proposed building on the historic environment. The site is located on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront in the Old Town Conservation Area and involved the redevelopment of a post war fish market and moving an existing boatyard. While the new building is clearly much larger than its immediate neighbours, which included a Grade II listed pub, we were able to argue that the public benefits of such a proposal outweighed any harm caused. The stunning design by HGP Architects will undoubtedly become a new landmark building on the city’s skyline. The scheme was approved in June 2014.

Devon Country House
Witcher Crawford Architects

RMA Heritage was appointed by architect to undertake detailed archival research and advise on proposals for this fascinating Grade II* listed country house, which has a 900 year old family history dating back to Norman times. We prepared a heritage significance assessment and planning justification statement, and undertook a pre-application consultation with English Heritage and District Council to secure their support for the proposals. The scheme involved re-ordering of rooms including restoring the Great Hall and kitchen to their historic locations, internal remodelling including the restoration of a 2 nd floor Long Gallery with exquisite 17 th century plasterwork and the replacement of a rather mediocre early 19 th century octagonal galleried space and roof lantern with a stunning new glass atrium and gallery, which returned the inner courtyard to its original rectangular plan. We also advised on the siting and design of an exciting new swimming pool building by the same architect. Both the house and pool projects obtained listed building consent and planning permission in March 2014.

Maida Vale, London W2
Zachary Pulman

RMA Heritage was brought in by a private client to advise on development proposals for this Grade II listed villa following the refusal of an earlier scheme. We worked very closely with Zachary Pulman, a delightful and talented interior designer, to help refine his design for a very elegant glass extension, which replaced an existing smaller and unattractive Victorian style conservatory that was asymmetrically sited. The proposals also replaced the basement staircase and restored original architectural features. We undertook a pre-application consultation with Westminster City Council, who discouraged the proposal but our client was prepared to proceed with an application and take it to appeal if necessary. As we expected the application was refused but we won the Appeal Hearing in February 2014. The Inspector had no doubts about the merits of the scheme and found that its unashamedly minimalist symmetrical form reflected the purity and symmetry of the rear elevation of this Greek Revival style villa – just as we had argued.

HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Richard MacCullagh MRTPI IHBC MSc Dip TP BA (Hons)

Job title: Director

Tel:  023 80 760043      0797 905 0947

Email:  richard@rmaheritage.com

Which of the following roles do you consider your company carries out under the HESPR scheme?

Historic Building conservation YES

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas  YES

Historical research YES

Historic area assessments YES

Project Management  YES


Landscape architecture advice