The practice is able to undertake specialised heritage services including the assessment and surveying of historic buildings, historical research, section 34 applications (for buildings over 60 years of age), section 38 applications (heritage impact assessments), assessment of historic urban environments, statements of significance as well as consulting and strategic planning on issues pertaining heritage and the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA).

Projects successfully completed by the principals include a number of bespoke residential projects, high profile heritage and public projects including the heritage scoping studies for the Louis Botha Development Corridor, the restoration of the Marshall Street Barracks, Heritage Impact Assessments for the University of the Witwatersrand and the Johannesburg Zoo, restoration projects for the City of Johannesburg and the French Embassy. Our work has been published locally, with the restoration of Aiton Court in Hillbrow Johannesburg being nominated for the World Monuments Fund Knoll International Prise for Modernism.

The practice’s approach to heritage resources is from the outset to understand their value and significance. From this understanding, areas of potential development as well as possible limitations and risks can be identified. This understanding forms the basis for heritage management and design criteria. As a design response, Mayat Hart believes in a layered approach to new development often contrasting new development, alterations or additions with the heritage resources. New interventions should be kept new and contemporary, while still being respectful of the scale and proportions of the existing historic structure or townscape. This contrast often highlights the value of the heritage resource and is in keeping contemporary heritage and conservation principles.

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