Norman & Underwood Conservation division was called in when a water leak brought down part of the library’s historic ceiling. Our skilled plasterers were able to repair the damage with traditional lime plaster and hand modelled enrichments to replicate the original fine detailing.
We also replaced the slate and associated lead works on the east wing roof. The contract subsequently won the Silver award in the Bedfordshire CPRE Living Countryside Awards 2011, Buildings category. Download PDF below Old Warden Park PDF
The reinstatement of the traditional plasterwork in the foyer revealed a previously over boarded, detailed cornice that had to be repaired in situ. We also had to remove leaking coverings from the roof, of which no construction details were known, and replace them with zinc panels.
As part of a renovation and conservation programme, Norman & Underwood removed a cement render that had been applied to the original brick and flint substrate and plastered the walls with traditional lime plaster. The work was completed with Keim paint, which allows the lime plaster to breathe and prevents any problems arising from moisture more »
So when an angel’s head and other sections of plaster were discovered fallen from the church’s 11m high vaulted ceiling, there was great concern for the safety of the public and for the damage to the fine plasterwork. As specialists in conservation and traditional plastering, Norman & Underwood was commissioned to undertake a detailed survey more »
Heritage joiners, lead worker, gold leafers and even bell tuners were all required to complete the belcote and undertake related roof repairs. Every detail of the original belcote was recorded in situ and sections removed by hand so that an exact replica could be built to the standards demanded by the local conservation officer.
The conservation team used a traditional paint, specifically designed for cold or humid historic buildings, which helps to minimise preparation and prevent the development of mould and other problems in the future. Conscious of the high costs of this paint, our painters took special care to prevent any wastage or excess usage to keep the more »
Norman & Underwood Conservation was appointed to undertake extensive repairs resulting from a leaking roof. The contract called for traditional skills in carpentry, stonework, lead work and lime plastering, as well as the installation of a modern security system. The water was found to have penetrated the roof timbers so a major challenge for our more »
Our specialist masons cleaned the monuments and re-fixed or repaired the stonework where required, including the fine detailed carving. We also overhauled the stained glass windows, replacing glass and fitting new reinforcement window guards. Internal works included repainting the inside of the Mausoleum. The conservation team undertook a careful analysis of the historic paintwork to more »