Building Conservation – Delivering Projects
Preparation of Contract Documentation
Our knowledge of traditional materials and how they behave enables us produce appropriate repair specifications on a like for like basis. We provide fully detailed Schedules of work and specifications for both repair and new work. The aim is to minimise uncertainty and contractor’s claims, to take account of complex site conditions and to minimise disruption to the building, which may remain in use for the duration of the contract period.
New Design for Old
We provide a sensitive, well researched and justified approach to the introduction of new elements in the context of a historic environment.
There is always a fine balance to be struck between respect for the historic building and truthfulness in the design of a new element within, against or near it. It requires openness, clarity of mind and conviction which needs to be imparted to clients and statutory authorities to maintain the consensus in the treatment of the monument.
We advise on the most appropriate form of tender and the right contractors to invite to tender. We will work in association with other members of the Design Team for the same purpose.
Contract Administration and Quality Control
We seek to establish a collaborative and frank working relationship with the contractor and at the same time establish a rigorous system of contract administration- the essential tools for the smooth running of the contract on site.
Consultancy – Planning a Conservation Project
We advise on:
- Planning a conservation project, seeking cost estimates and prioritising work.
- Making an application for grant aid from public bodies and other organisations.
- Consultation with English Heritage and Diocesan Advisory Committees, Planning authorities, local interest groups.
Pre- application consultation often leads to consent being granted without delay or the imposition of conditions.
Surveys and Reports
Site and Building Survey- Assessing the physical condition of the monument or site; understanding the pathology of buildings.
- Correct diagnosis of the causes of decay is essential in formulating a repair policy and recommending appropriate action.
- Recognising when further specialist input is needed or when to “do nothing” is the correct approach are equally important skills.
Historic Documentary Research
Desk Top Studies in order to understand the development of the building and its historical and cultural significance- the first task in the unfolding of the conservation project.
We can source the information necessary for the preparation of Conservation and Management Plans, Heritage Statements and in the case of ecclesiastical buildings, Statements of Significance.