In May 2016 Artemis was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to prepare a Conservation Area Appraisal for the village of Cookham in Berkshire.

Cookham is a historic village with Anglo Saxon origins.  As might be expected there are many significant buildings.  Its layout is distinctive, with two historic settlements linked by a causeway across the floodplain.  Cookham is characterised by a large amount of open space.  The Thames-side location is also important.  One of the factors that makes Cookham internationally significant is the work of the artist Stanley Spencer, who featured Cookham in many of his paintings.


A large area within the Conservation Area has been the subject of ongoing development pressure.  There are a large number of conservation and interest groups within the village. Our role was, not only to  draft the appraisal, but also to manage public engagement with the process.