PAYE Conservation is a specialist division within PAYE
Under the stewardship of ICON accredited Conservator Spencer Hall ACR, PAYE Conservation offer a refined service to Conservation Architects, Trusts & Bodies (such as Historic England and The National Trust) and a range of private clients looking to preserve and protect historic buildings and their contents. We have a complete range of in-house skills and as such are expert and proficient at providing everything from initial specialist Consultancy services through to the complete delivery of complex Conservation and Restoration projects.
Conservation at Work
PAYE Conservation believe it is imperative that only craftspeople who are experienced with traditional materials should ever undertake a repair in a building (or on an object) of historical significance. We always ensure that all works are extensively documented in both photographic and annotated forms; before, during and after any intervention to provide a greater understanding of the building/objects chronology for the future.
Listed below are our current specialisms.
As a result of our artistic backgrounds (many conservators find conservation following studies via Fine Art or Classics degrees) our workforce have an innate appreciation of classical sculpture and architecture. Understanding the iconography together with the materials…Learn More
From humble vernacular material to world class architectural pieces, PAYE Conservation are capable of completing everything from the preparation of detailed research works to remedial conservation/restoration works insitu or off-site at one of our specialist workshopsLearn More
Stonework & Mortars
PAYE have a proven track record in their approach to stonework restoration. Conservation principles have therefore inevitably always played a part in the companies core business, but now with a dedicated team of experienced stone conservators, it can come to the fore when required.Learn More
Plaster comes in many forms, from stucco render to lime plaster and fibrous plaster. All aspects are comfortably considered as natural materials for PAYE Conservation and as such we are adept in conserving and restoring all variationsLearn More
Paints / Finishes
Our analytical services allow us to develop an understanding of our architectural heritage before we complete any interventional works or specify materials for use. This makes us best placed to then complete both the conservation and restoration of pictorial works on easel…Learn More
From Roman archaeology to the most modernist examples, PAYE Conservation are well experienced with developing strategies for conservation and restoration. From removal of inappropriate mortars applied in the 20th century to stabilising the substrate behind…Learn More
PAYE have long developed techniques for conserving and restoring historic brickwork. These generally involve the removal of later inappropriate cement repairs/pointing which are the root cause of most damage. Once removed, our analysis allows us to recreate the closest possible match to safeguard works going forwardsLearn More
Terracotta / Faience
As with our approach to brickwork, PAYE have a wealth of experience in dealing with both Terracotta & Faience. Conservation can take the form of introducing preventative measures to safeguard longevity, repair and reconstruction of damaged elements through to the reinstatement of damaged lost specialist glazesLearn More
PAYE Conservation are at the forefront of applying a conservation approach to a number of iconic 20th Century buildings. They have had proven successes in the field of concrete conservation & restoration and look to develop longer term strategies, our goal is to conserve these iconic buildings for future generations…Learn More
PAYE are often called upon to help complete works to internationally important artworks. These include both the classical and the contemporary and have included sculpture, mosaics and painted pieces. The sensitivity required when approaching these pieces is second nature to the conservators at PAYE and being fully versed in both the materials and the context by which they sitLearn More
Our Philosophy & Approach…
PAYE are fully aware of the complexities that exist within each specific project and whilst not a rigid set of rules to adhere to; PAYE Conservation try with their best endeavours, to apply the following general philosophy of approach to project work
PAYE Conservation complete a range of analytical services to identify existing historical finishes. This analysis is often critical in allowing an understanding of the original substrate and any later interventions. This analysis can often prove critical in shaping an approach to works…
Report writing/scheduling (for tendering and grant aiding)
In order to help secure grant funding and aid Listed Building Application approval PAYE Conservation are available to undertake condition surveys of suitable content which fulfil the required criteria.
Range of works from site to fine (museum quality)
PAYE Conservation not only conserve and restore the fabric of the buildings they work on, but often the decorative objects and elements within. We have a wealth of experience in both preventative and remedial conservation to sculpture, fireplaces, plasterwork and other decorative finishes
Project Management of complex multi-faceted works
Supported by its mother company PAYE, PAYE Conservation are well equipped to deliver complex conservation and restoration projects as both principle contractor and specialist subcontractor. PAYE maintain an exemplary health and safety record and meet the quality assurance standards expected of a number of Nationally recognised accredited schemes…
Accreditation – Spencer Hall ACR
PAYE Conservation is overseen by Head of Conservation Spencer Hall ACR. Spencer is an ICON accredited conservator (specialising in Plaster and Stone) with over 20 years experience in the field. He has in this time worked for a number of the countries leading conservation companies in both a self-employed and employed capacity and completed works to many of the UK’s most prestigious buildings…