Specialisms - Plasterwork


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 variations

Lime plaster – Often referred to as ‘3 coat work’ or ‘Lath & Plaster’ this is traditional plastering found in most buildings. It is comprised of lime putty and sand and often included the addition of animal hair. Generally phased out and replaced with the use of modern materials from the 1920’s onwards

Fibrous Plaster – By definition Fibrous Plaster is cast plaster reinforced with a fibrous material such as jute or canvas. The great benefit of fibrous work is that it is perfect for repeat moulding, can be completed offsite and it relatively easy to handle and install

Rendering – can be completed with a variety of materials and include a variety of recipes. It can also utilise a number of differing methods of application

Analysis & Surveying

PAYE are often commissioned to complete condition surveys of plasterwork and called upon to comment on existing structural integrity. This is generally completed by combining observations with an experienced ‘hands on’ approach. Analysis can be employed to establish materials used and ratios of constituent parts

Preventative Works

Environmental monitoring and maintenance of the building envelope are key considerations when looking to prolong the life of plasterwork. PAYE Conservation are proficient at identifying areas of concern or require intervention

Remedial Works

Can be everything from the introduction of minimal stabilisation works to wide scale restoration where an area has been lost or is damaged. As the disciplines of Conservation and Restoration are so closely entwined, it is essential to have the skillbase to not only complete holding works, but also to then be able to undertake larger scale repairs often remodelling lost detail by hand