Heritage at risk

At Six Heritage, we believe in holistic building investigations and solutions. That historic structures should be protected, responsibly improved and repaired. We believe that we can all do more to make heritage at risk just heritage.


We look to actively engage in projects at home and abroad where we believe we can make a real difference to local, national and international communities to preserve built heritage for generations to come. Unfortunately, many of our precious historic assets face threats ranging from neglect and deterioration to vandalism, natural disaster and urban development pressures.

Whether it’s a collapsing barn in the English countryside or a site of cultural/religious significance in a war-torn country; we want to
provide our services to find a realistic and responsible path forward. We work with partners at charities, NGOs, national and international
governmental bodies and private firms to establish where we can be of most assistance.

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Our approach to surveying heritage at risk




Safeguarding and preserving heritage assets for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.


Promoting awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage through the publication of articles or the presentation of findings.

Sustainable development

Integrating heritage conservation into sustainable development practices to ensure the long-term viability of heritage sites and communities. We are particularly well placed to achieve this by utilising our wealth of experience in the field of building pathology.

HEAT certified

All our staff are HEAT (hostile environment awareness training) certified. This internationally recognised certification equips our team with the appropriate level of training and readiness to operate in some of the most volatile and high-risk environments around the globe, allowing us to offer our services to protect even the most vulnerable heritage assets.

How can you help

Join us on our mission to survey and preserve heritage at risk. Whether you’re a heritage enthusiast, a concerned citizen, or a professional in the field of conservation, there are many ways to contribute:


Participate in field surveys, documentation projects, and conservation efforts nationally and in your local area.


Support our work through financial contributions to fund surveys, conservation projects, and community outreach initiatives.

Spread the word

Raise awareness about the importance of heritage conservation and encourage others to get involved.

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Heritage groups

In Britain there are several groups doing great work in this particular field who would greatly appreciate any support. Here at Six Heritage, we personally support the following institutions:

Internationally, there are several reliable sources of news and information regarding cultural heritage at risk, namely:

Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss any projects in more detail. You can also follow us on our social media channels to keep up-to-date with our ongoing work and news.

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Archive & Share

Following the completion of data processing and report production, it is imperative that the information is stored and distributed responsibly.  This includes contacting and disseminating records to local and national archives where relevant.  Information also needs to be shared in an accessible and appropriate format; Six Heritage has vast experience working with Architects and Engineers so is well equipped to share DWG, RVT and other file formats. In order to shed light on ongoing preservation efforts, Six Heritage also actively present and lecture on relevant projects or publish articles to the wider community.


Having completed field work, all information is processed, evaluated and ultimately represented in a report format.  It is important this report format is accessible and actionable to anyone who may need it.  It is in this area that Six Heritage particularly excels, as we can offer tailored remedial advice for the custodian or protector of the heritage asset in questions which could allow them to; sympathetically repair the structure, mothball the structure until funds or the situation allow, or temporarily repair parts of the structure so that they may provide accommodation or vital services.


Utilising our expertise as building pathologists, a detailed survey is then undertaken as to the material condition of the structure.  This includes an outside-in, top-bottom investigation of building defects and material vulnerability to damage.  This may also include research as to the particular types of threat facing the heritage asset in question.


Creating a thorough record of existing conditions and constructional build-up is essential.  To achieve this, Six Heritage utilise modern surveying tools such as laser scanners to capture the structure in question to within <5mm of accuracy.  The current material condition of the structure is then digitally captured and recorded.  Although nothing can replace the historical integrity of a destroyed heritage asset, this would allow for it to either be reconstructed and/or interpreted for future generations if the worse were to happen.


The first objective is always to identify heritage sites, structures, and artifacts that are at risk of deterioration, damage, or loss. This crucial work is undertaken by several organisations around the world, such as Historic England nationally and UNESCO internationally.  For the team at Six Heritage, this phase also includes engaging with relevant stakeholders; whether they are the custodians, direct owners or public bodies to discuss feasibility and arrange access.