The importance to architects of well written, unambiguous specifications to formulate a conservation philosophy with which to conduct successful conservation works cannot be overstated.
Equally important is the need for contractors and specialists to be able to understand the specification in order to execute good conservation repairs using good well sourced materials.
Working closely with the architect or home owner,
I aim to compile unambiguous precise information on historic and traditional brick structures that be used to feed into and compliment specifications but can also inform conservation statements, funding applications, impact assessments and statements of significance.
“I asked Terrence Lee Conservation to write a conservation statement for Demesne Farm, a Grade II listed Georgian Model Farm on the Doddington Estate in Cheshire. The result was a highly detailed, extremely well presented study of the buildings both in terms of historical research and of the numerous decay issues associated with the brickwork. Terrence Lees' ability to combine practical craft and conservation knowledge has been invaluable in satisfying the requirements of English Heritage with a view to conserving this unique historic building.”
C. CLAYTON, CHARTERED SURVEYOR,
PROJECT MANAGER & CONSULTANT TO THE DODDINGTON ESTATE
By physical on-site investigation, I will identify by elevation:
Brickwork features, style and form, bonding arrangement & gauge, brick size, nature & characteristics of the brick, jointing or pointing finish
Condition - factors that could affect the survival of the traditional brickwork including a lack of maintenance and inappropriate materials and methods.
Potential for unseen traditional technologies and construction methods
Sampling & brick & mortar for matching
Identify craft skills required to execute planned repairs
Logistical requirements and site considerations for brick conservation works
Impact that intervention may have on the significance and character of the structure