Consultancy historic buildings.

Owning an historic building brings with it a responsibility, a responsibility to care for and maintain a building of importance so it can be passed onto future generations.

Maintaining and repairing an historic building requires a sympathetic approach to its care and an understanding of how buildings were constructed, how they may have been adapted and how they decay.

Compared to traditional structures modern buildings are built using different techniques, different materials and built to different standards.

Old buildings and structures need to “breathe”. 20th century products such as cement, gypsum and damp proofing materials can have a negative long-lasting effect on the breathability of structures that can, in time, lead to damp penetration and associated problems. Therefore, it is crucial that “like for like” materials and methods are employed when considering conserving and repairing historic fabric.

 It is generally better to do nothing than do the wrong thing!

When considering any work to an historic building its extremely important to evaluate the long term needs of the building rather than any short-term gain from using inappropriate repairs.

David Sleight Conservation can:

  • carry out building fabric surveys and condition reports on historic buildings.
  • provide technical advice regarding conservation repairs and alterations with particular emphasis on material and structural concerns.
  • provide solutions to maintenance and repair issues.
  • produce methods of repair statements.
  • assist with material selection and mortar design.
  • provide practical on-site advice to assist clients with maintenance planning.
  • produce schedules of works and specifications for historic work.
  • assist with “hands on” advice and guidance to enable clients to carry out simple projects themselves.
  • provide an on-site supervision clerk of works service to assist with quality control.