PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Annex E: Protection of Listed Buildings during Building Works
E38 Protection is always necessary to a greater or lesser extent when work to a listed building is underway. This may be as little as providing a few dust sheets and sealing communicating doors to prevent dust and dirt from invading the whole building. Especially vulnerable features will need greater protection. Stairs are one element commonly damaged and abused during building work. If work is so extensive that the user has to leave the building empty then security measures against vandalism and theft must be considered; this may entail the removal of important and valuable fittings to safe storage elsewhere. Due consideration should always be given to the wording of the Building Contract to protect fittings and features during the works.