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Architect fined for altering listed building

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ARB’s professional conduct committee has fined a London architect £1,500 for carrying out unauthorised alterations to a listed building

Joshua Berry of Kensington-based Hill Mitchell Berry Architects was convicted for the unauthorised work by Westminster Magistrates Court in June 2013, and was ordered to pay a fine of £3,000 and costs of £5,000.  

Berry, following the Architects’ Code of Conduct, informed the ARB.

The architect was appointed to work on the conversion of a grade-II listed property in Kensington into a single home. However he did not apply for listed building consent to carry out the work.

The building, originally designed by Thomas Allom, had been split into four flats during the 1970s.

At a hearing the ARB’s professional conduct committee heard that, while Berry regretted not involving the listed building officer in the internal works of exposure, he had no real explanation for not doing so.

He admitted that once he started on the work to find out what structural work needed to be done to the building, he carried on until most of the internal plasterwork had been removed. He accepted that some plaster would have been retained had he proceeded more slowly.

Berry said this was the first project of its kind which he had worked on, and that he had learned a ‘hard lesson’.

The committee said: ‘The Committee considers this a matter too serious for a reprimand. What Berry did to this listed building without listed building consent requires a more severe sanction to maintain the collective reputation of the profession, and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and competence.’

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