Conservation Architecture

ConservationSince 2009 Rachel has held an RIAS Accreditation in Conservation Architecture. She has extensive experience in producing conservation statements, character area appraisals and undertaking restoration work on listed buildings, which combine reinstatement of original features and sympathetic contemporary interventions.

Recent projects include producing a Conservation Area Character Appraisal for Stranraer, which formed part of an Heritage Lottery Fund and Townscape Heritage Initiative applications. As part of the project she designed and ran a three day community exhibition and consultation in the town, with focus on the history and expansion of the conservation area. At Donaldson’s College in Edinburgh, Studio Bof undertook the role of Conservation Consultants, producing a 100 page Heritage Impact Evaluation Strategy to accompany statutory consent applications. This reviewed proposals by Richard Murphy Architects for the conversion of the category A listed Playfair building, along with new build terrace to the rear of the site. It also evaluated, through a series of matrices, the impact of proposals in comparison to previous approvals as well as the existing heritage.

In work for previous practices she has been involved in a variety of conservation projects including The Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Sunderland Empire Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, The White House Craigmillar, Edinburgh City Chambers and The King’s Theatre Edinburgh. Rachel also writes on conservation for various industry magazines and has been published in the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland magazine and Urban Design Journal amongst others. Selected projects have received the Aberdeen Civic Society Award, commendation at the Scottish Design Awards, RIAS Supreme Award for Regeneration, Scottish Museum of the Year and shortlisings for Scottish Civic Trust Awards.

About Studio Bof

My name is Rachel Simmonds and I am the Principal of Studio Bof, a design consultancy based in Edinburgh