Advisory services and material analysis

We analyse and understand building materials 

We investigate the structural stability of buildings and objects to identify areas of decay and failure. Using our in-house laboratory, we further examine materials and carry out mortar analysis. Our comprehensive Condition Reports record findings and detail the appropriate conservation treatment.

Analysis of Decay

We undertake environmental monitoring to help understand decay mechanisms and then provide pragmatic solutions to ameliorate conditions where possible. This work is combined with research into historical records and backed up by a wealth of knowledge based on many years of experience.

A full and detailed analysis is given of the decay mechanisms affecting buildings, monuments, statuary and any other object or structure that we are commissioned to investigate.

Building Surveys

Our methodical assessments of existing conditions are supported by extensive recording of observed conditions, material defects, mechanisms of decay, environmental exposure and historical records.

Consultancy

We conduct detailed surveys, prepare schedules of work, supervise and oversee long-term projects.

Our team of qualified professionals provide training and deliver continued professional development sessions and presentations.

Specifications

Based on comprehensive surveys and analysis, we provide specifications for work on a wide range of projects. Trials are undertaken to determine methods and best practice.

We produce documentation for the cleaning, consolidation, stabilisation and redecoration of diverse objects and buildings.

Mortars

Using our in-house laboratory facilities, we determine appropriate replacement materials to match strength, porosity, texture and colour of existing fabrics. We also assist in identifying stone and aggregates, locating quarries to provide suitable replacements.

Winter Covers

We have developed a winter cover system which protects sculptures and decorative stonework from damage caused by freezing and wet conditions.

Our bespoke winter covers consist of a three layered moisture impermeable system which is windproof, waterproof, insulating and provides UV protection.

Protect sculpture and decorative stonework with winter covers

Case Studies

Restoration of fire-damaged All Saints Church Fleet

Restoration of fire-damaged All Saints Church Fleet

Cliveden Conservation was appointed as the specialist subcontractor to Buxton Building Contractors as part of a major restoration project of the church.

Restoring the lost murals of Gabriel Pippet, The Oxford Oratory

Restoring the lost murals of Gabriel Pippet, The Oxford Oratory

Cliveden Conservation has uncovered and restored the lost murals of Gabriel Pippet in the sanctuary.

Medieval Pavement in Oxford is saved as a piece of Architectural Art

Medieval Pavement in Oxford is saved as a piece of Architectural Art

During the initial stages of the construction of the new Westgate Oxford shopping centre, excavations revealed extensive remains of the medieval Greyfriars friary (AD 1244-1538), including a decorative tile pavement.

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How to protect sculpture and decorative stonework from weather damage this winter

How to protect sculpture and decorative stonework from weather damage this winter

Lewis Proudfoot, of Cliveden Conservation, discusses the importance of Winter Covers in protecting marble sculpture and ...

Dorset Museum Mosaic reinstallation is shortlisted for Museums + Heritage Awards 2021

Dorset Museum Mosaic reinstallation is shortlisted for Museums + Heritage Awards 2021

The Fordington mosaic, which we lifted, conserved, re-backed for wall mounting at Dorset Museum has been shortlisted for an prestigious award.

Winner of prestigious Natural Stone Awards 2020

Winner of prestigious Natural Stone Awards 2020

Our Cromer War Memorial, Norfolk project has been named as the Joint Winner of the Carving, Lettering and Sculpture category at the Stone Federation’s Natural Stone Awards.