Conservation of Historic Buildings and Monuments

Specialists in the Conservation of Stone, Plasters, Leadwork and Decorative Surfaces

Featured Project: Wrest Park, Orangery

Wrest Park estate in Bedfordshire boasts many architectural structures including the Orangery.  The urgent repairs project directed by English Heritage included the sensitive conservation of the statues adorning the entrance and lime rendering to failed parapets and brickwork.

Works completed:

Achieved using lime mortar and crushed Ham stone dust as aggregate to achieve the colour match to the synthetic painted surfaces.  Fractured sections were pinned with stainless steel dowel and threaded wire, hydraulic lime mortars and pozzolans.

Deterioration of render above the entrance porch was removed, a better key on the brickwork introduced and lime render applied with crushed Ham stone dust and other blended aggregates to match the synthetic painted surfaces.

A sand cast lead cover was introduced to the cornice which we designed, supplied and fitted.  This approved design was a trial section to prevent further deterioration of the cornice.