Electrical repair in a listed building

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Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. If its a commercial, residential or industrial building, we are the electrical team you need. We work across the area to provide high quality electrical solutions. In fact, we have recently been working on a Grade II listed building. This is a special kind of job that requires a special set of skills, and that’s why you should hire a professional team. As a result we have produced this guide to electrical repair in a listed building.


Although any kind of work on a listed building is frowned upon, in general, repair that is necessary to sustain the heritage asset is normally desirable. Repair work is not something that is undertaken lightly as there is always an inevitable progressive loss of original materials and details. This can erode the architectural and historic value of the whole building. As a result, when hiring an electrician to tackle your listed building electrical work, you need to be sure that they can work in tight spaces, and not remove more than necessary of the original material.

Furthermore, during electrical work the removal of original materials such as plaster is an inevitable part of the job. However, replacing this removed plaster with modern plasterboard is an alteration that will require consent.

Consent Requirements

Although many repairs will not effect the character of the building, consent is often required. As a result, even if you were to swap like for like material, you may still need listed building consent. This will be granted by the local planning authority. For electrical work in particular, this is often something that is necessary because of the intrusive nature of the work.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.