Working in varying capacities, below are just some examples of the restoration projects that we have worked on over the years for clients.

 

SHOREDITCH HIGH ST, EC2

The building and ground floor retail units remained in occupation for the duration of the works. Continuous liaison with the client, Local Authority and Transport for London was maintained which helped to achieve an efficient programme of works

 

Read client’s testimonial here.

Overview of works

  • Design & installation of new terracotta units
  • Doff cleaning
  • Insitu repairs to terracotta
  • Restoration of brick & re-pointing
  • New specialist roof tiles and lead work
  • Restoration of copper finial
  • Timber window restoration
  • Refurbishment of public clock
  • External lighting

Located on the busy Shoreditch High Street, the building and ground floor retail units remained in occupation for the duration of the works. Continuous liaison with the client, Local Authority and Transport for London was maintained which helped to achieve an efficient programme of works.

 

 

Work begun with a complete masonry survey to the severely decayed terracotta units, once a detailed replacement schedule was determined the units to be replaced were designed to match the originals, many intricate individual units were replicated including ornate fretted balustrade, cornice, dentils, scrolled pilaster caps, window surrounds, pediments and finial plinths, in total almost 50% of the terracotta required replacement. The building which had been largely derelict since the 1980’s was considered for demolition until a full restoration programme was put into action. We were instructed to design, supply and install new cast terracotta units where the originals had severely decayed, we also sourced and procured reclaimed bricks to exactly match the originals that required replacement and carried out a complete re-point of the masonry.

 

 

HIGHGATE, NW5

It was initially assumed that the 2 porticos and cantilevered balcony stone slab were likely to require demolition and complete rebuild at considerable financial expenditure to the client. Working with a structural engineer we designed suitable reinforcements to the fractured original stone balcony slab and the portico & columns which meant that we were able to undertake restoration and omit the need to completely rebuild these original structural elements.

 

Overview of works

  • Structural supports to damaged balcony & porticos
  • Stucco restoration
  • Restoration of stone work
  • Redecoration

The balcony slab had extensive fractures which required consolidation and support, stainless steel cramps were installed across the fractures and galvanised support brackets were designed, fabricated and installed to ensure that the balcony remains safe for use without the need for a costly rebuild.

PERIOD PROPERTY RESTORATION & EXPANSION, LONDON

This property was in a poor state of repair when Guild AR were commissioned to undertake the restoration, with our knowledge and skill we managed to transform this unsighlty and run down property back to a home with period appeal.

 

Overview of works

  • Removal of pebble dash
  • Doff cleaning
  • Brick restoration & lime pointing
  • Restoration of stone work
  • Timber sash window install
  • Portland stone plinths with heritage gate & railing
  • Traditional tiled pathway and stone paving
  • Redecoration
  • Ornate plasterwork restoration
  • Design & build of loft conversion & ground floor extension

 

 

 

As part of a major refurbishment project to this property, all of the existing masonry units, parapet walls and render to this building had been condemned by the project architects so we were instructed to undertake the external works package.

Overview of works

  • Removal of all existing damaged stone
  • Cast restored replica stonework and install as per original
  • Demolition & rebuild of parapet wall and upper cornice
  • Render to 3 elevations
  • Redecoration
HAMPSTEAD, NW3
Our expertise was sought by the client and owner of this Grade II listed home to complete the specialist elements of this refurbishment.

 

Overview of works

  • Lime render to entire facade
  • Cast restored replica stonework enrichments and install as per original
  • In-situ repairs to stonework window hoods & portico
  • Heli-bar reinforcements to fractures in brick and stone work

 

 

 

NOTTING HILL, W2

We supplied and installed missing architectural details to match the originals, this included the restoration of two large rams head urns, moulds were created from original details and replacement casts were produced which included acanthus leaf cornice corbels, balustrades, floral enrichments and finally the restoration to areas of failed stucco prior to redecoration.

 

Overview of works

  • Cast restored replica stonework enrichments and install as per original
  • In-situ repairs to stonework & stucco render
  • Heli-bar reinforcements to fractures in brick and stone work
  • Redecoration

 

 

 

BLACKHEATH, SE3

The large bay windows to this facade required new cornice and lambs tongue stringer courses to be supplied and installed by us. Details were taken from original features that remained intact elsewhere on the facade and moulds were produced for the casting of like-for-like units. Following installation of the new casts we undertook a number of in-situ repairs to the stucco and consolidated other areas that were showing signs of decay.

 

Overview of works

We were instructed to undertake restoration works to the facade of this property in Crouch End. The client’s surveyor had identified that some areas of the existing ornate masonry had decayed to the point that it posed a high risk of substantial pieces of stone falling onto the pedestrian footpath below. Replacement stones were indented where necessary and in-situ repairs carried out to moulded details prior to redecoration.

Overview of works

  • Cast restored replica stonework details & enrichments
  • In-situ repairs to stonework
  • Brick repair & pointing
  • Heli-bar reinforcements to fractures in brick and stone work
  • Repairs to failed steel lintels
  • Redecoration

 

 

 

KINGS ROAD, SW10

Following a survey to this property, the decorative masonry mouldings were found to have de-bonded from the facade presenting a realistic potential for falling masonry in the near future. All parties were in agreement that it was not cost effective to restore these areas with in-situ repairs so we were instructed to restore the facade of this property with replacement cast units. The restoration works included the removal of the decayed moulded details, preparations of the masonry substrate and installation of new moulded window surrounds, window hoods, cornice, decorative frieze panels and corbels.

As is often the case with restoration works; we cannot always predict the condition of the substrate, we can only speculate that fractures can suggest more serious ongoing problems that can only be determined once preparation works are underway. The arched brickwork window head had shown signs of movement, evident in surface fractures to the moulded stucco. Following the removal of the stucco it was evident that the mortar binding the brick lintel had failed and was about to collapse so we needed to remove all loose masonry and install a concrete lintel before making good and installing the new mouldings as per the original facade.

 

 

GROSVENOR PLACE, SW1

Due to its high security location there was a lead-in period of careful planning and liaison with Transport for London, Westminster Council and the Met Police before we could commence with the works.

Facade restoration

Overview of works

  • Doff cleaning
  • Insitu restoration to stucco render and architectural detailing
  • Timber window restoration
  • Redecoration
  • Lead work

Overlooking the rear gardens of Buckingham Palace between Hyde Park corner and Victoria, Grosvenor Place is lined with stucco rendered properties with portico entrances, balustrade balconies, rusticated ashlars and ornate window hoods to the commanding facades. Due to its high security location we had a lead-in period of careful planning and liaison with Transport for London, Westminster Council and the Met Police before we could commence with the works. Extensive repairs to the masonry were identified to the surveyor’s approval before our team of restorers remodelled architectural details and stucco work, new reconstituted cast stone balustrade and copings were installed to a number of the balconies prior to new lead work and a complete redecoration of the facade which was all completed within budget and programme. The building remained occupied for the duration of the project so our works were scheduled to cause minimal disruption to our client’s tenants.

We successfully completed this project in the role of contracts & project manager for our client.

ABBEY RUINS, ESSEX

Works to this listed monument were instructed by local authority conservation officers and overseen by English Heritage representatives.

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Overview of works

  • Structural propping to leaning Tudor period brick wall
  • Careful dismantle and rebuild with reclaimed Tudor bricks
  • Installation of designed restraints & patress plates to Tudor wall
  • Restoration to sections of Kentish rag stone Abbey walls

Barking Abbey is a former royal monastery located in Barking, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. It has been described as “one of the most important nunneries in the country”. Originally established in the 7th century, from the late 10th century the abbey followed the rule of St. Benedict. The abbey had a large endowment and sizable income but suffered severely after 1377, when the Thames flooded around 720 acres (290 ha) of the abbey’s land, which was unable to be reclaimed. Despite this, at the time of the dissolution it was still the third wealthiest nunnery in England. The abbey continued to operate for almost 900 years, until its closure in 1539, as part of King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. During its existence, the abbey had many notable abbesses including several saints, former queens and the daughters of kings. The abbess of Barking held precedence over all other abbesses in England.

Works to this listed monument were instructed by local authority conservation officers and overseen by English Heritage representatives. The Tudor brick wall to the east of the site was leaning dangerously over a public footpath. Following the installation heavy shoring to restrain the wall, the remedial works commenced with the careful dismantling of sections of wall, the original bricks were salvaged for re-use where possible and reclaimed Tudor bricks were used to replace the damaged bricks that could not be salvaged. Working alongside a structural engineer it was agreed that a Duckbill ground anchors would an appropriate solution to this ongoing problem, horizontal reinforcements were installed into the bed joints and patress plates fitted to the face of the wall which connected to diagonal tensions; these were buried into the surrounding earth and held by Duckbill anchors to provide ongoing resistance of movement which is caused by surrounding trees and their ongoing growth, this ensured that the rebuilt wall would be safe for many years to come.

Restoration to the various sections of the Abbey ruins was also undertaken using salvaged Kentish rag stone and traditional lime mortars.

The Duckbill system is a simple, reliable and cost-effective ground anchoring solution. The concept involves a specially designed anchor, linked to high yield tie bars or tendons to suit a variety of conditions, being driven into the ground where it is locked in position. The tensile load is applied and the top end terminated.

UEL

Before works began, a series of cleaning samples were undertaken to determine the best results with the least destructive methods to the Portland stone & soft red brick.

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Overview of works

  • Paint and carbon clinker removal from Portland stone
  • Jos & Doff cleaning systems
  • Design & installation of Portland stone
  • Insitu remodelling to sand stone statues
  • Restoration of brick & re-pointing
  • Restoration & repair of floor mosaic
  • Carved lettering into stone portico and crest restoration
  • New specialist roof tiles and ornate lead work including cast lead motifs
  • New aluminium Heritage style rain water goods
  • Cast new hoppers from an original historic dated rain water hopper
  • Timber window restoration

The Grade II listed facades of the University of East London’s Stratford Campus was constructed with soft red brick and Portland stone, there are many areas of outstanding artistry and craftsmanship with elaborately carved details and symbolic figures to be found on the gables, frieze, reliefs and statues located to the towers. Having been through numerous hands the building’s upkeep had been neglected for many decades, all of the Portland stone had been painted many times to cover decay and damage suffered over the years. The University of East London acquired the site and decided to bring the building back to its former glory and make this campus its flagship site. Before works began, a series of cleaning samples were undertaken to determine the best results with the least destructive methods to the Portland stone & soft red brick, a combination of a chemical paint remover was applied which was washed off with the Doff system followed by Jos system to remove stubborn paint residue. It was discovered that beneath the numerous layers of paint there was heavy build up of clinker deposits, contributed no doubt by the area’s heavy industrial past, the famous West Ham Iron works and other intense fossil fuel burning industries and homes were located nearby. Stone masons used hand tools to remove heavily built up clinker before a final Jos clean left the Portland stone completely free of paint, clinker and staining. The imperial sized soft red bricks, no longer available from salvage in the quantities required were manufactured by a specialist using traditional methods. Stone masons carved much of the replacement Portland stone on site and specialist conservation sculptors remodelled the six sand stone statues located within the towers.

Read client’s testimonial here.

REGENT ST, W1 (VARIOUS PROPERTIES)

Suitable temporary propping and shoring was designed by a structural engineer to support the loads whilst exploratory works were carried out, the remedial works to the steels were then completed exactly to the structural engineer’s specification.

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Overview of works

  • Jos & Doff cleaning to Portland stone
  • Portland stone indents
  • Insitu repairs to Portland stone
  • Localised structural steel treatment & repairs
  • Restoration of glazed brick & re-pointing
  • Timber window restoration
  • Lead work

The Portland stone facades along Regent Street are as infamous for their hidden structural steel problems as they are famous for the flagship stores of international brands. The term “Regent Street Disease” refers to the decaying steel frame structure which is endemic amongst many buildings of this period throughout the world and not just restricted to Regent Street. It was common practice to pack voids and infill any gaps between the steel and masonry with a strong mortar, thus leaving no cavity for air flow which would help ventilate any moisture that found its way through the surface. Decay to the steel is caused by ingress of rain water through inadequate maintenance in the form of failed joints, faulty rain water goods and porous masonry. With the absence of a cavity between steel and masonry this causes sufficient levels of moisture to become trapped which will initiate the process of steel corrosion, over many years this hidden problem only presents itself once cracks appear in the masonry.

Following the cleaning of the masonry a detailed stone restoration schedule was drafted; investigative works were given priority to areas that showed signs that steel corrosion may be present, i.e. cracking to the masonry, exploratory works were undertaken to determine the extent. Suitable temporary propping and shoring was designed by a structural engineer to support the loads whilst exploratory works were carried out, the remedial works to the steels were then completed exactly to the structural engineer’s specification. The Portland stone cladding and in-fill  was suitably removed to expose the steel frame and remedial works could commence, these included removing sections of decayed steel, installing replacements and finally the cleaning and treatment of steel could be  completed to areas that did not require replacement. Once the remedial steel works were completed to the structural engineer’s satisfaction the masonry could be reinstated with a cavity allowed between the masonry and steel to ensure that the problem does not recur to the treated areas. A total survey of the masonry was undertaken to ensure failed joints were deep filled and re-pointed and decayed stones replaced, other vulnerable elements were surveyed and renewed where required, including rain water goods, Westmorland roof slates and lead work which were all completed to clients satisfaction

SHOREHAM (BRIGHTON CITY) AIRPORT

Works were coordinated around busy periods of flight activity, especially around the air traffic control tower as it was essential that the airport remained operational throughout the project.

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Overview of works

  • Doff cleaning
  • Insitu repairs to stucco render
  • Structural steel repairs
  • Restoration of steel crittall frame doors & windows
  • New insulated felt roof
  • New large roof atriums
  • Redecorations

The listed Art Deco terminal building had suffered from many years of neglect and as a result had extensive points of water ingress throughout the structure which not only caused damage to the aesthetics of the building both internally and externally but also the structural steel frame had also badly corroded in many locations.

Following the Doff cleaning of the exterior to remove moss, lichen and surface dirt a detailed masonry restoration schedule was agreed with the client’s surveyor. During the course of the replacement of failed render it was discovered that due to the historic water ingress throughout the building the structural steel frame had suffered severe corrosion in many places. Investigative works were undertaken and areas that showed signs of steel decay, i.e. cracking to the masonry, exploratory works were undertaken to determine the extent of decay. A particular area of concern and major corrosion was the steel frame to the concrete stairs at either end of the terminal and the vertical steels supporting the central Air Traffic Control tower. Works were coordinated around busy periods of flight activity, especially around the air traffic control tower as it was essential that the airport remained operational throughout the project. Once the correct propping and shoring was designed by a structural engineer and installed by us the remedial works to the steels could be undertaken in line with the engineer’s specification. The render cladding and brick sub-surface was suitably removed to expose the steel frame and remedial works could commence, these included removing sections of decayed steel, installing replacements and finally the cleaning and treatment of steel could be  completed to areas that did not require replacement. Once the remedial steel works were completed to the structural engineer’s satisfaction the masonry could be reinstated with a cavity allowed between the masonry and steel to ensure that the problem does not recur to the treated areas.

Following the completion of the repair works to the steels and masonry, redecorations to the entire external surfaces, critall windows and doors were completed. Planning permission was granted to replace the two large roof lights with upgraded aluminium framed energy efficient glass, the preservation and protection of the original lay-lights which can be seen internally within the art deco foyer were of great importance, a temporary “crash deck” was designed to avoid scaffolding within the terminal foyer which operates as a busy restaurant. Finally, a new overlaid insulated felt roof was installed to the main roof areas and lead work was renewed ensuring that the building is now water tight and protected against the sometimes harsh coastal conditions.

We successfully completed this project in the role of consultant & project manager for our client.

NIMAX THEATRES, WEST END

works to these listed buildings required careful planning with the management and production teams as the theatres remained open for business throughout the works with constant rehearsals and up to two shows per day.

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue , 30/06/2014

Read client’s testimonial here.

Overview of works

  • Paint removal to facade
  • Doff cleaning
  • Insitu repairs to architectural details
  • Remodelling of figurative sculptures
  • New cast architectural details
  • Restoration of timber windows
  • Restoration of ornate steel canopy
  • French polishing to entrance doors
  • New Carrara marble threshold steps
  • Gold leaf applied to signage (Gilding)
  • Redecorations
  • Installation of external LED lighting

Situated in the West End’s theatre land works to these listed buildings required careful planning with the management and production teams as the theatres remained open for business throughout the works with constant rehearsals and up to two shows per day.

Due to public safety concerns and the restrictions of this constantly busy location the specified works had to be coordinated with great consideration. The extensive removal of historic paint coverings was undertaken using a paint removal paste which is applied with a trowel, covered with a protective sheet and the loose coverings are scraped off, bagged and disposed of in line with the Environmental Agency’s guidelines. Although this is labour intensive it does mitigate the need to control large volumes of water and paint stripping chemicals which could be problematic in such a pedestrian heavy environment.  Following a neutralisation of the paste’s chemical process a Doff clean was undertaken during the very early hours to minimise disruption to the theatre and general public. Restoration works began in earnest with the remodelling of figurative sculptures and the replacement of decayed natural stone. Intsitu repairs were carried out to localised areas and architectural details such as dentil courses were cast in reconstituted stone and installed where original details had decayed. Lead coverings were installed to cornice and window hoods and all roofing areas surveyed for defects. Following the completion of masonry repairs the timber windows were restored and redecorations completed, using specialist skills the raised lettering was gilded with 22 carat gold leaf before an entire external LED lighting system was installed. At street level the original Carrara marble threshold steps were replaced where damaged, entrance and vestibule hard wood doors were restored, French polished and completed with new brass furniture and kick plates. The initial project was completed to such client satisfaction that it lead to the successful negotiation of contracts for the restoration of several other West End theatres under their ownership.

Read client’s testimonial here.

 

 

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