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Heritage & Conservation Services for the Built Environment

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There is no doubt that the conservation of historic monuments and structures improves our environment and adds to our “sense of being”.  A responsible conservation plan requires wise management of resources and sound judgement to control the agents of deterioration and preserve the integrity of the monument.

The ad-hoc and ill informed use of consolidants, sealers, coatings and cleaning methods on historic material, in an attempt to “preserve our history”, can result in irreversible damage to our cultural heritage.

Dimension stone failure on Historic Buildings

 

Determination of the material’s characteristics and physical properties allows the conservation plan to be based on informed decisions thereby minimising the risk of damage or unnecessary deterioration.

Stone Initiatives assists owners, architects and conservators in developing the knowledge necessary to produce an informed conservation plan.   Stone Initiatives specialises in the testing and evaluation of building stone and related materials such as historic coatings, mortar and cement products.  Services available include determination of the physical properties of building materials, selection and sourcing of replacement stone for use in historic structures, analysis of historic mortars and analysis of lime washes and other organic and inorganic coatings.

 Conservation of Historic building materials

 

Like all building materials, dimension stone is subject to failure through improper use, installation or maintenance.  The identification of the cause of such failures is important to avoid recurrence of the problem.  Stone Initiatives has expertise in the field of failure analysis that has assisted clients to determine the cause of failures in a wide range of materials, structures and locations. 

Stone Initiatives can also assist in the development and trialling of suitable rectification methods, these may include investigations to select a suitable consolidant, cleaning method or matching and repair of historic materials.

 

 

Capabilities include…

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  • Dimension Stone Identification & Evaluation

  • Evaluation of Consolidants and Coatings

  • Historic & Modern Mortar Analysis

  • Analysis of Coatings and Washes

  • Stone & Mortar Colour Matching

  • Dilapidation Surveys

  • Rising Salt Damp Surveys

  • Cleaning Trials…