English translation: respect and not harm the conversion (as an end result)
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English term or phrase:
respect and not harm the conversion (as an end result)
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English term or phrase:be sympathetic
This 12th century building is probably one of the oldest on the site and has been restored and adapted to provide a
building of historic interest whilst meeting the modern day demands of a high profile management college. The
Grade 1 listed building was not only subject to stringent local planning laws but also the close scrutiny of the English Heritage.
The XXX [air conditioning] system not only had to cool and heat but had to be sympathetic to the 12th century barn conversion.
The end result has been outstanding and the building is now considered as the flagship of the college.
....can you confirm that it means be tolerant to/not interfere with/allow the conversion...
Explanation: The phrase means it had to respect the end result of the conversion, and not the process. In other words, the air conditioning system should not have looked out of place or strange in such a building as a 12th century barn. The conversion here implies a change of use, so it is not a barn anymore, but an office, for example. Additionally, the air conditioning system should respect the fabric of the building, the materials used to construct it, considering the age of the building. Air conditioning does have a drying effect on the internal environment.
In summary, the idea is that the system should respect the building and not harm it in any way.