REPAIR & RESTORATION

Listed Buildings

Listed Buildings due to their historical significance require stricter repair and restoration requirements. Where possible as much of the original fabric of the building needs to remain intact. At J Baker Carpentry we are trained specialists in the appropriate repair process to maintain these protected buildings.

Repair & restoration

Listed buildings

 

There are a set number of conditions connected with listed building repair process. If these are not carried out correctly this can be to the detriment of the building and  you can be ordered to redo the work at the your expense. 

What can we repair?

Any timber feature including doors, windows, roof structure etc that has suffered for one reason or another. The degradation tends to be due to water ingress creating a perfect environment  for fungal or insect infestation. Surface rot does tend to hide the real extent of the decomposition.

A common mistake listed building owners make is when they initially identify the problem on the surface they leave the damaging process to continue to a point of no return as it doesn’t not look too bad. 

We will be happy to come and see the issues and advise accordingly.

Do you need to get permission for the work?

Depending on what you want to do, you do not need to apply for planning permission for repairs or maintenance, including minor improvements, such as repairing existing features like windows. If you are altering any part of the building then you will need to ask for permission.

It is always best to get in touch with your local authority for advice before embarking on works to a listed building, there are repair grants available in some cases, always worth a look. Here’s some links to advice:

https://cadw.gov.wales/advice-support/historic-assets/listed-buildings

  • Historic England repair grant information

https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/repair-grants-har-guidance-for-applicants/repair-grants-har-guidance-for-applicants/

Alternatively give us a call and we can point you in the right direction.

The Repair Process

The process for carrying out repair work on a listed building is a little more complex as there are a number of conditions attached to satisfy the conservationist authorities that the repair work is being executed correctly. The main thing to take into account is any work is sympathetic to the building maintaining as much of the original fabric.

All repairs will use materials like for like unless stated by the conservation officer. 

Site Visit

Inspection of the site requiring work and acertain that it is a repair and not a modification required, advise on the next steps, repair or replace and an idea of time and cost.

Remove rot

The site will be protected with dust sheets then the job of removing the sashes and cutting out perished timbers.

Repair in situ

Where possible all repairs are done in situ this reduces the time on the job.

Repair in workshop

Any more complex repairs that cannot be carried out on site will be taken back to the workshop.

Refit repaired timbers

Any repair work done offsite will then be refitted .

Protect repaired surfaces

Any external repair work will be primed to protect until the final painted surface is applied.

Past Projects

Some examples of past projects to give you an idea what can be repaired.

Grade II Listed Georgian Home,
Chepstow

The project was to review and repair all of the windows in this 19th century home, due to its listed status it had to adhere to to the strict regulations set to ensure the historic fabric of the building was kept intact where possible.

Grade II Listed House, Mathern

Various repair work including extensive exterior repair work on leadlight window

Grade II Listed Coach House, Monmouth

Old coach house with medieval beginnings, mid terrace needing window repairs throughout. Different aged examples showing the various styles of window as the building was changed over the years.