CORINTHIA LTD • North East Consulting Contractors

Conservation of Built Heritage

The Management and Conservation of our Built Heritage is central to the operations of the company and is as much of a passion to us, as a profession. Historic buildings and structures are finite resources that require careful management and periodic conservation and repair to ensure they are preserved, and where possible enhanced for future generations to enjoy. Here at Corinthia, we are perfectly positioned and equipped with the necessary expert knowledge and on site skills and expertise to do just that.

As physical objects all buildings are intriguing and whilst many have an obvious and intended purpose others are more complex and the meanings behind them are often obscure. However from the grandest to the humblest of buildings, they all seem to send out a message or a statement about how and why they came to be built.

Some buildings aim to impress with grandeur, or intimidate with power whereas others of a vernacular nature merely aim to be functional and it’s some of the more modest and unpretentious of buildings that can often inspire excitement by their very simplicity and historical roots.

Buildings are really the best living example of the human spirit demonstrating what can be achieved often in times of adversity. The story’s they tell are fascinating and often represent impressive, poignant and powerful times of the past.

Buildings, particularly of an historical nature are therefore signposts to our history and it’s through them that we can discover what mattered most to previous generations, and where they found their inspiration and solace.

Stone, as with other traditional building material have been used for centuries since the earliest of civilisations to form and construct some of our most precious and magnificent buildings as well as some of the more modest but equally important historical structures.

The mere existence of many of these buildings and monuments is testament to the character and physical properties of stone and its ability to challenge prolonged exposure to the weather and withstand the test of time. Stone is a durable material therefore and a valuable naturally occurring commodity that remains in prominent use today for a variety of applications.

Despite their resilience however, all stones and traditional building materials will erode over time and at some point a decision will need to be made on what action is required. The point at which intervention becomes necessary, and the degree of intervention required however, will obviously vary from building to building as the conservation needs and demands of that building differ from others.

In determining an appropriate repair strategy, it is imperative that key conservation principles are adhered to all times. There should be a general presumption against loss and an overriding desire to retain as much of the historical fabric as possible in order to ensure that the significance and heritage value(s) of the building or place are not compromised.

It is important therefore that all interventions are well planned and thought out, as changes, however subtle they may be, can often be irreversible and can have detrimental consequences to the structures historical and architectural authenticity and integrity.

Corinthia have a wealth of experience in this field and an unrivalled passion that is clear to see in how we approach all conservation led projects.

We are able to consider and assess the significance of a building to help guide decisions and formulate conservation plans that meet the true needs of the structure. This approach to the management, repair and conservation of historic buildings, ensures that sympathetic and timely intervention takes place that has a real positive impact on the sustainability of the overall heritage asset.

At site level, we have the necessary artisan skills and expertise required to deliver workmanship of the highest standards and this level of quality is of paramount importance to ensuring the building receives the level of careful attention it deserves.

The following services and key activities are offered:

Stone profiling from site surveying, templates, production drawings and reverse zinc templates for more complex pieces
All aspects of stone banker masonry work through to physical fixing on site
Stone carving, sculptural pieces and artwork through to hand cut lettering
Lime pointing, plastering, pargetting, rendering and restoration based repairs
Consolidation of ruin structures and preservation of historical objects
Specialist cleaning
Architectural terracotta and faience repairs and reproduction
Restoration of metallic plaques and sculptures such as bronzework
Historic timber repairs