Facade retention – the removal and renewal of a building's innards, walls, columns and floors while retaining its original front or outer walls – plays an important role in preserving the architectural character and historic fabric of many city centres.

It can, however, be a complex and expensive exercise. This programme takes a look at some of the technical aspects of facade retention through the outline design sequence.

About the contributor

Peter Ross is a structural engineer and first joined Arup over 50 years ago. He is a member of ICOMOS, an international non-governmental organization of professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. In addition to work on historic structures generally, he is the author of Appraisal and repair of timber structures and a co-author of Retention of Masonry facades – best practice guide.

He is still retained as a consultant by Arup.