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PiP are conservation specialists with a passion for design and respect for craftsmanship.  The starting point for all our work is to understand the unique characteristics and opportunities of a building or place. We work with clients, stakeholders and advisers to realise aspirations through design, conservation, repair and creative reuse.

Elm Street Cambridge 8-unit Housing Development
Elm Street Feasibility Sketches

Character Assessment

Our starting point is to study and interpret the individual character of what already exists. Our repair philosophy is rooted in the principles established by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; to begin with the assumption that all stages of a building’s development are of interest and value. We believe that both design and repair should relate well to context and make appropriate use of existing and modern materials.

New Square based in Cambridge Conservation Area

We are particularly skilled in the integration of modern and traditional technologies within historic buildings and interiors to make them environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient and fit for modern purpose.

Eden Street Backway based in Cambridge Conservation Area

Our philosophy, attention to detail, and understanding of traditional and modern materials and construction methods ensure a living continuity for our buildings and places.

Conserving heritage assets such as Listed Buildings is a complicated and delicate design  process, however with challenges comes exciting opportunities.


For every conservation project we undertake we ensure that the building is given a new life, one that pays homage to its previous and better serves the community to engage users with its past


Sketches to the right show how we have repurposed a Grade II listed building that once functioned as an industrial brewery. We reestablished this historic character into a better functioning microbrewery of modern standards and a  multipurpose community building.

Para 80 Eco Pods Holiday Homes in Norfolk

"Always a pleasure working with Chris Senior and his colleagues at PiP.  Their approach is exciting and innovative but always respectful to historic buildings and places.  It is refreshing to work with a group of people who demonstrate a sensitive understanding of the significance of heritage sites and show flexibility and creativity in providing solutions to often difficult issues."

John Selby, Ex-Head of Conservation at South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk District Councils  

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