There is an abundance of historical buildings in the UK. Because of its rich history, the earliest are Neolithic buildings, which are followed by structures of ancient, medieval, and modern eras. The history of architecture in the UK is vast, but with aging buildings, comes a need for repair.
Maintenance and repair are needed to correct the decay of building materials that occurs due to various natural conditions, wear and tear, and neglect. The upkeep of a building is vital for it to stay standing in a good condition.
Maintenance is routine work that is necessary to keep the materials of a building in good order. The main objective is to limit the deterioration, whether it’s natural or unnatural, of a building as much as possible. Inspections of historical buildings are usually regularly carried out, and action to try and carry out maintenance work on the building are attempted before its structure falls into disarray.
On the other hand, sometimes maintenance isn’t enough, and a building may need serious repairs. Repairs are used to try and remedy defects in the building caused by more serious issues, like damage and decay. Repairs are carried out when it’s clear that maintenance work won’t stop the building’s health decline, and are especially important if the building is still in use – for health and safety reasons.
Restoration, however, is the act of returning a building to a known previous state. The criteria for this is a little relentless, and some checkpoints on that list involve the following: Weighing the effects that the change restoration work would bring to the heritage values of the building, significant and compelling evidence for the restoration work, and a proposal for the work, itself.
The distinctions between repair and restoration can vary, especially when architectural details or particular elements of the structure become compromised or unusable. The point of restoration, other than potentially saving a part of history, is to keep the structure as close to its original likeness as possible. Sometimes, restoring a property means that original features that used to exist in the structure get added back in, provided there is sufficient proof that those features were once a part of the building.
In some circumstances, particular sections of the building may be restored before others to protect the rest of the structure from further ruin. The roof, for example, would ideally be repaired and restored to stop any negative effects to the building from the weather; like rain leaking into the building and leaving water damage.
Adam Architecture have a background in the repair and restoration of historical structures. They have considerable skill in the area, as well as an eye for traditional design. Between their team, they’ve completed the restoration of several historical properties and structures, including several grade II buildings, townhouses, villas, and farmhouses. They are of the firm belief that any new work to restore and repair a property should be completed in a traditional style that compliments the rest of the site.
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