Our Conservation Philosophy

Preventative Conservation

Preventative conservation in essence is the introduction of non-interventional measures and actions aimed at avoiding and minimising future deterioration or loss. These measures and actions are indirect – they do not interfere with the materials and structures of the items and do not effect or change their appearance. A preventative conservation approach can often relate to the management of the immediate environment (light, humidity, pollution and pest control), but can include education on storage, handling, packing and transportation, security, emergency planning, education of staff, public awareness and legal compliance. Paye Conservation are expert in all areas

Remedial Conservation

Remedial Conservation relates to all actions directly applied to a building or object at arresting or slowing the current damaging processes it is subject to. Remedial actions are only carried out when the object/substrates are in such a fragile condition or are deteriorating at such a rate, that they could be lost in a relatively short time. These interventions are intended to be minimal but may sometimes effect the appearance

Our Conservation Philosophy

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;

  • Wherever possible, a philosophy of minimal intervention is adhered to
  • Wherever possible, any intervention should be reversible
  • Wherever possible, like for like repairs will be carried out and any “foreign” materials introduced, kept to an absolute minimum..
  • Wherever possible, new repairs should not disturb the aesthetics of the architecture, but under close scrutiny from a specialist be visible
  • Wherever possible, all replacements/repairs should only be carried out with the assistance of documentary evidence; no speculative works should be undertaken
  • When cleaning an object/building, care should be taken not to over clean – a developed natural patina should not be completely lost allowing the building/object to retain an air of historic integrity
  • Historic repairs (where not proving deleterious in causing damage to the building/object) may be retained

What is Building Conservation?

Building Conservation is the applied science developed to safeguard and protect the built heritage ensuring its availability and accessibility to both present and future generations. Conservation can in essence encompass a number of differing approaches, being; preventive conservation, remedial conservation and restoration. These three very different disciplines are often necessary to intertwine and are regularly applied together to project work. Practising conservation requires the application of judgement guided by professional ethics and the confines of public policy

Experienced Craftspeople…

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). This can prove invaluable in developing and maintaining an associated archive.

Whilst the above outlines can be seen as general guidance. PAYE Conservation believe that each individual project should be judged fully on its own merits. This is where our experience and ability to communicate lucidly with architects and clients or as part of the wider design team prove invaluable. To discuss a particular issue or project, please contact Spencer Hall ACR on 020 8857 9111 or email Spencer here