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

Conservation of 18th century wall paintings

Conservation of 18th century wall paintings

Condition assessment of wall painting scheme by the Swedish artist Elias Martin in the Drawing Room at Sunbury Court.

St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral

In 2015, a two-year programme of repairs to the West Front commenced to repair and protect the medieval stonework of the west porches, the surrounding 19th century masonry, the grand oak doors and the First World War memorial window.

Stowe National Trust: Nine Muses

Stowe National Trust: Nine Muses

Stowe National Trust’s aims to reinstate the lost temples and monuments that once dressed the landscaped gardens like pieces of a theatre set.

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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

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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.