In a heritage assessment, the development of an area or a building is presented and valued. What is the carrying capacity of a location from a cultural history point of view? Which design themes are relevant for (re)development? Research in the field of cultural history is not primarily focused on formulating recommendations for conservation, but on opportunities for changes which will do justice to the existing character.
In the past years, SteenhuisMeurs has made dozens of heritage assessments (heritage impact assessments, heritage quick scans), sometimes in respect of monumental buildings, sometimes for ensembles or areas, sometimes for complete cities or landscapes.
Principals of SteenhuisMeurs regard cultural history as an important aspect of area development. Through cultural history the level of quality and vitality in an area or building can be determined, and relevant design themes can be identified. Research in the field of cultural history is not primarily focused on formulating recommendations for conservation, but on the scope to apply changes which will do justice to the existing character. Therefore, each heritage assessment is carried out by a team of architectural historians and designers. Per building or area the characteristics, underlying structures, qualities and significant features are traced and subsequently described by means of photographs, drawings, maps and text.
The valuation of cultural history is substantiated, accurately defined and translated into spatial terms at a variety of levels, from object to landscape. In this way, the heritage investigation offers guidelines that make it possible to weigh up the alternatives for the future of a building or area. Heritage assessments and analyses of buildings and areas offer concrete assistance when deciding on the course of action with regard to buildings, neighbourhoods or ensembles. For principals, decision makers and inhabitants, a heritage assessment stimulates awareness of the qualities and bottlenecks of their neighbourhood, thus creating support for change. As a rule, the results subsequently function as a frame of reference.