Just like all buildings and structures, listed buildings, monuments and structures of historical interest need regular routine maintenance.
When damage occurs, repairs must take place to ensure properties endure. Unlike modern buildings, those with listed status need special consideration.
We look at some of the key concerns involved in construction work on listed buildings. As an example, we’ll explore the methods and measures taken by BuildzoneUK on a recent project.
In keeping with original design
An electrical fault caused a fire on a Grade II listed farmhouse’s roof. The blaze caused structural damage to two floors of the 17th century building. In repairs on listed buildings, all reasonable efforts should preserve their original design. We recognised this as the project’s key challenge.
Bespoke materials and traditional building methods
Sadly, the roof was beyond basic repair. It required redesigning and rebuilding. We “reclaimed” all salvageable original slate for reuse. We then sourced suitable materials to repair the rest of the property.
Sometimes original materials used are unavailable for replacement. Contractors must select an option that is visually and physically compatible. We replicated panelling made of Cumbrian Oak dating from the 1600s, for the farmhouse’s first floor. We also restored and fitted shutters and leaded windows. reclaimed and locally sourced timbers served as replacements for ruined floorboards.
All work carried out involved using traditional methods when possible.
Collaborating with conservation experts
If repairs to a listed building impact its character or historic interest, projects need building consent. We worked closely with listed building and conservation officers on the farmhouse repairs to protect its integrity and preserve its heritage.
Whether you need repairs or refurbishment, if your project involves a listed or English Heritage building, we can help.
Contact us now on 0843 212 0031 to discuss your project or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.