Livingroom director Richard Hardie was recently appointed to the National Trust Guernsey council.
Richard, who moved to Guernsey in 2008 and promoted to director at Livingroom in 2011, has always had an interest in historic buildings and the development and preservation of land.
The 15 council members of the National Trust aim to protect Guernsey’s historic houses and buildings, gardens, water mills, coastline, forests, farmland and island fortifications (www.nationaltrust-gsy.org.gg) and, Mr Hardie pointed out, that this did not necessarily mean that conservation meant sacrificing modernisation.
“The council is often asked to comment on current planning applications where heritage is a factor and it does so with a sympathetic eye welcoming sensible contemporary design that preserves what needs to be preserved.
“In 2013, there is a middle ground with some extraordinary architects, property developers and home owners finding new and interesting ways to introduce contemporary design, latest technologies, environmentally-friendly features and modern structures but doing so with sympathy to the history of the building (and area) and a desire to retain the old.
“In the estate agency sector, it is becoming more and more important that we, as agents, also understand the potential in properties for modernising while keeping one eye on what we know will be acceptable to planners and what can be practically achieved for our clients.”
Mr Hardie said he hoped to generate interest from more younger people in the heritage of the island as part of his duties on the National Trust council.
National Trust council president Martin Ozanne said: “Richard’s appointment to the council is a welcome addition to the motivated, expert team of members we have.
“His insight into Guernsey property and current thinking will be extremely helpful and his motivation to get involved mirrors that of the existing council members.”