A core part of our work is carrying out periodic inspections of historic buildings and structures in order to identify problems and allow for the prioritisation of maintenance and repairs.
We are currently appointed to carry out the inspections of over 120 Anglican churches, many of which are Grade I listed. We also inspect churches and properties for Roman Catholic parishes including the Catholic Cathedral of St. Barnabas in Nottingham, Team members also have experience of inspecting historic properties for English Heritage, the MOD and other building preservation trusts and public bodies.
Sometimes our reports and surveys identify need for further specialist reports and tests. We regularly work with and can recommend conservation experienced structural engineers, services engineers, stone decay specialists, conservators, bat surveyors, paint specialists etc. for when such advice is appropriate. Understanding historic building materials and their decay mechanisms and conservation needs is key to ensuring appropriate methods of repair are employed. Sadly, a significant aspect of our work can relate to repairing well intentioned repairs carried out using inappropriate materials that subsequently cause accelerated decay and harm.