BUILDING our FUTURE

RESPECTING our PAST

 
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ABOUT

Blair Hastings, the principal of BLAIR HASTINGS HERITAGE, registered as an architect in 2001. He has worked specifically in the field of built heritage for many years, in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, providing specialist consultancy services to a wide variety of clients, including Auckland Council and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

 

He has broad experience with resource consenting, institutional hearings, the identification, assessment, evaluation and documentation of heritage places across all periods of New Zealand's history, the preparation of conservation plans and managing policy work such as developing heritage overlay guidelines. 

 

Blair recently rounded out his qualifications gaining a post graduate certificate in Heritage Conservation from Auckland University. 

 BCom    BBSc    BArch (1st Class Hons.)    PGCertHerCons     

NZ Registered Architect (in voluntary suspension)

022 664 7319   heritage@blairhastings.co.nz 

  Tāmaki Makaurau    Auckland     New Zealand

 
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RESOURCE CONSENTING

Whether you are embarking on renovating your house, restoring a scheduled or listed piece of our built history, or intending to develop in and around a character overlay area, chances are you will need to seek a resource consent from your local government authority to do so 

 

... and YES, the consenting process can be complicated and challenging, and that is where we can help - offering experienced independent advice and guidance, and any of the required documentation, such as a 'Heritage Impact Assessment' your planner may need to assist with compiling, submitting and administering your application. If a hearing then ensues, we can help with that too. Sleep easy, and leave the process to us...

 
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ASSESSMENT and EVALUATION

Historic built heritage places may have significant aesthetic, architectural, cultural, historical, scientific, social, spiritual, technological or traditional value that can be appreciated by the public for their contribution to New Zealand’s heritage environment. 

We can assist with identifying, assessing and evaluating single buildings, groupings of buildings or entire areas for these values, in order that they might be scheduled or listed, by the various government local authorities and agencies, to provide a level of regulatory protection against inappropriate modification and development. Establishing value is where it all begins...

 
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CONSERVATION PLANS

A conservation plan is a document which explains why a site is significant and how that significance will be retained in any future use, alteration, development or repair. 

 

The preparation of a conservation plan should be the first step in thinking about any new alterations, repairs or management proposals. It could be useful for you as a prospective buyer, or for anyone planning development on an historic site. As an owner you will find a conservation plan particularly useful when planning any modification or other development work.

 

We can assist with providing conservation plans to ensure important historic information is compiled, maintained and recorded for items of our irreplaceable built heritage stock.

 
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POLICY WORK, ADVICE and ADVOCACY

From ICOMOS down, heritage policy guides and otherwise regulates owners and other stakeholders in how they interact with our built heritage. Street, precinct, town center, and character overlays are just some of the policy documents that we can help develop, revise and maintain in order to seek positive heritage outcomes.

With extensive field experience we can advise on any manner of built heritage related matters, from providing development strategies for corporations... to assisting with developing heritage colour schemes for the ubiquitous kiwi villa... we can help.