Our advice will make genuine difference to your heritage project. We believe great advice is based on careful listening and sound judgement, backed by research and the considered assessment of a place—its past, present and future.
Our consultants identify heritage issues effectively, and develop strategic and practical responses that are tailored to your project. We understand the statutory approvals processes for heritage and can navigate the pathways for you at local, state, territory and Commonwealth levels. Our advice demonstrates intellectual leadership, is practical, concise and candid.
Our heritage advice services include:
Development Project Advice
Our consulting team understand the commercial realities of urban development and enjoy solving complex and challenging issues. We always endeavour to prepare advice that delivers creative and enduring outcomes for your heritage projects.
We collaborative with developers, project managers, architects, planners and consent authorities to ensure your development project capitalises on the heritage values of the site and responds to your requirements within the statutory planning context. From concept plans and archaeological assessments, to provision of heritage input into detailed designs and interpretation, GML can deliver genuine value throughout your project’s lifecycle and beyond.
Due Diligence, Pre-purchase and Feasibility Advice
GML has the industry knowledge and experience to identify and analyse the opportunities and constraints associated with heritage for all types of projects and places. Our history and reputation ensures that our advice is dependable, measured and practical so that your decisions can be made with confidence. Further, our advice is subject to internal peer review and backed by a certified quality assurance system.
Expert Witness and Court Evidence
Court mediations and proceedings for development applications have become more commonplace. Achieving a favourable outcome often comes down to the quality of expert evidence. GML’s reputation for clear, focused documentation and authoritative opinion has earned us expert status throughout the judicial system, especially in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Independent Peer Reviews
Our reputation has been built on integrity and independence. GML provides independent peer review on work done by others, including their own staff. Our team of specialists are recognised for their applied rigour and sound thinking in the assessment and analysis of issues. With this capacity we are uniquely placed to undertake peer reviews of reports and studies prepared by other companies and organisations. We also provide strategic reviews of heritage reporting for Commonwealth agencies.
Conservation Area Issues
We understand that conservation areas reflect the unique character and fabric of our communities. We work with communities, applicants and councils to achieve sympathetic development outcomes in conservation areas.
GML has undertaken many conservation area significance assessments, facilitated community consultation and prepared planning and development controls that help manage development in such special areas.
Historical research is fundamental to understanding the significance of a place. Our accredited public historians are highly skilled practitioners that have uncovered the history of thousands of heritage places throughout Australia. Using historical plans, maps, oral histories, and documents or photographs held in archives, libraries, museums and private collections they bring places and the past to life though history.
We can collect specific documents, research and document the history of your property, record oral history and present the material to you in a range of formats depending on your project.