Conservation and Repair
Left to right : House of the Binns NTS, Balmerino Abbey NTS, Balmerino Abbey NTS, Kilmory Castle Bute.
Stone work on ancient monuments and ruined structures has practical and philosophical challenges. We have carried out work on nationally important monuments to stabilise structures, increase the longevity of the ruin and allow safe visitor access. Consolidation work includes stitching cracks and monitoring movement, rough racking of exposed wall cores, and introduction of metal supports for damaged structural stones. In all cases new stone is carefully selected and worked to be sympathetic to the structure whilst still producing a ‘readable’ repair. We also install ‘soft toppings’ to exposed wall heads comprising clay, turf and plants chosen to match local vegetation and the particular conditions on the site. Turf capping provides long term weather protection and enhances the naturalistic appearance of a ruin.
Many buildings requiring conservation are in remote locations, we have considerable experience of remote working including many Scottish islands.