For many conservation projects, we call upon the particular skills of our specialists, both in-house and external. Detailed restoration work often involves building and materials analysis in order to identify original and altered fabric. Some projects require the investigation of decorative finishes, others the sourcing of appropriate replacement materials. In addition, we often work on projects that combine restoration or reconstruction with new build. These are all issues addressed in our comprehensive conservation works service.
Many projects result from the preparation of heritage reports or studies by our heritage team. In implementing the recommendations of such reports, we work closely with the team to take projects through the rigorous statutory approvals process that many require. Consideration of heritage impacts and the implementation of works arising from permit conditions are part of this service.
Our conservation works service includes:
— Detailed inspection and documentation of existing fabric, including at-height survey work
— Preparation of option studies where required, to determine works priorities and staging
— Working with specialists in materials analysis
— Sourcing materials or identifying appropriate substitutes
— Working with specialist contractors to formulate specifications that reflect trade practice
— Coordination of statutory approvals processes
— Site attendance and project delivery
Lovell Chen undertakes conservation projects for buildings and structures of all sizes, kinds and periods, working on whole projects, part-projects or single elements of a project. Successfully completed projects range across all sectors of the construction industry, including government, civic, commercial, arts, religious, residential, agricultural, transport and industrial.