Our project team has extensive experience of completing works for main contractors, developers and the general public on sensitive conservation and restoration of projects.
What is Restoration?
In the field of historic preservation, building restoration can refer to the action or process of accurately revealing, recovering or representing the state of a historic building, as it appeared at a particular period in its history, while protecting its heritage value.
Work is often performed to reverse decay, or alterations made to the building after its initial construction. A part of heritage restoration can involve the replacement of decayed, inadequate and outdated materials and components with newer ones. Physical materials of an earlier time, that might have been state of the art at the time of construction, might have failed and now need replacement with contemporary better functioning, but aesthetically similar materials.
What is Conservation?
Building conservation is the term we use to describe everything we do as surveyors to ensure the future survival of our architectural heritage.
Building conservation involves carefully identifying what is most important about the buildings and taking care not only in the preservation of their physical ‘fabric’, but in the wealth of historical information embodied in it. Though some of these building and structures have stood for hundreds of years, the building fabric itself is inherently vulnerable and subject to decay.
Some of this is by natural processes, which cause a constant and inevitable deterioration of the materials over time. But sometimes well-intentioned past repairs have also caused damage.