Assessment of heritage significance is the cornerstone of effective heritage management and forward planning. Heritage takes many forms, and GML can translate your heritage in a clear and concise way that gets to the heart of your place. Our heritage planning and assessments portfolio goes across the nation, from around the corner to as far as Antarctica, and ranges from single artefacts to large collections of buildings in vast cultural landscapes and World Heritage places. Equipping you with practical heritage knowledge and a strategy to manage significant values is how we ensure a lasting future for your site’s heritage, however large or small it may be.
Our heritage planning and assessments services include:

Heritage Significance Assessment
Conservation Heritage Management Plans and Strategies
Curtilage Studies and Cultural Landscape Assessments
Community Consultation
Heritage Asset Management Plans and Maintenance Schedules
Local and Regional Government Heritage Studies and Surveys
Heritage Listings and Nominations
Masterplanning


Heritage Significance Assessment

Heritage significance assessment is at the core of heritage management. Accurately identifying and understanding the values of a place and why they are important is vital to conservation. This assessment process informs conservation policy and determines how your heritage place can be best used and managed, now and into the future. As part of the assessment, our team compares similar heritage properties to assess their significant heritage values, drawing on a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Spring Farm Urban Release Area, Camden

Sydenham Station Master’s Residence, Sydenham

Conservation Heritage Management Plans and Strategies

A conservation management plan or strategy offers a practical way to retain and protect the heritage values of your site. Our team has finely-tuned research and assessment skills, and is renowned for producing clear, sensible recommendations, specific conservation works schedules, and well-articulated management responsibilities. We pride ourselves on firmly anchoring conservation policies in a meticulous understanding of significance, however large or small the site.

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Qantas House, Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Curtilage Studies and Cultural Landscape Assessments

An integral part of the importance of any heritage place is its curtilage and setting. Our team is able to quickly ascertain the qualities that make up the heritage setting of your site and relate them to subdivisions and new development. Our curtilage and cultural landscape assessments are focused on how you can use the site moving forward. We’ll equip you with great management advice so you can maintain the significance and integrity of these dynamic values as the site evolves.

Port Kembla #2 Mine Precinct including Edna Walling Landscape, NSW

Community Consultation

We engage with communities to reflect their knowledge of heritage places and convey the key values they identify. We know that reflective listening, fostering trust and respecting the rights and choices of communities are essential to success. Our approach ensures that communities partner in heritage projects and collectively we achieve outcomes that address issues and concerns, while working towards an enduring future vision.

Norfolk Island, AET

Heritage Asset Management Plans and Maintenance Schedules

We understand that assets and resources are precious. Our Heritage Asset Management Plans and Maintenance Schedules take into account your operational environment, capability and capacity. Our approach to long-term planning and management is also grounded in analysis, based on our practical knowledge of traditional building techniques, materials, life expectancies and maintenance cycles.

NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General

Local and Regional Government Heritage Studies and Surveys

GML provides local and regional heritage studies and surveys that clearly identify and assess the historical character and significance of diverse and distinctive urban and regional environments. Our in-house historians understand local and regional collections and bring their careful analysis and interpretation to the preparation of thematic historical narratives. Our archaeologists, cultural landscape and built heritage consultants collaborate to provide well-documented studies that offer practical recommendations and reflect the values associated with a range of places in our communities.

Lavender Bay Viaduct and Commodore Crescent Underbridge, North Sydney

Kosciuszko National Park Huts, NSW

Heritage Listings and Nominations

Our evidence-based approach to heritage listings and nominations uses documentary and physical records, historical research and enquiry, combined with considered analysis and assessment. We ensure that nominations for places of potential National, State and Local values are robust and incisive. We adhere to technical standards, and our multidisciplinary team enables a balance, integrated and complete assessment of places.

Heritage Listing Regulations, NSW

Masterplanning

GML has worked with masterplanning teams on many complex sites undergoing urban renewal and adaptive re-use. Heritage input at an early stage identifies constraints and opportunities for future development, allowing key project decisions to be made on what needs to be kept and what could be replaced, where new buildings could be located and how the stories of the place are best explained and interpreted for the benefit of future owners and visitors. Our input will ensure that the development yield expectations are achieved, while also satisfying the heritage requirements of the consent authority.

Catherine Fields (Part Precinct), NSW

Centennial Park, Sydney