Conservation - Roman (43-450)

Roman Architecture

Roman Architecture covers the period from the establishment of the Roman Republic in 509 BC to the 4th century AD. The classic architectural style of The Roman Empire was marked by the use of the orders, arch, dome, and vault; its influence extending across all of Western Europe. The use of vaults and arches, together with a sound knowledge of building materials, enabled them to achieve successes in the construction of imposing structures for public use. The Ancient Romans intended that public buildings should be made to impress, as well as perform a public function. The Romans did not feel restricted by Greek aesthetic in order to achieve these objectives and imposing public buildings were created as a result

Confidence in our experience…

The conservation of Greek and Roman ancient monuments and buildings, including temples and basilicas is an area in which PAYE Conservation are well experienced. We offer our advisory services to clients and where required employ both preventative and remedial techniques to protect and preserve both objects and architecture

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

PAYE Completed Projects

Listed below are some Conservation Projects completed by PAYE Conservation.

Architectural Timeline

We’ve broken down ‘Conservation’ into time periods to make it easy to navigate around our website. Simply click a time period below to explore our approach to conservation within the various periods and view projects we’ve completed…

Featured Project – Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle was built within an original Roman fort dating back to 280AD. The fortification was re-used throughout the medieval period as a stronghold against invasion. Towards the end of the 14th Century the Castle was acquired and adapted by Richard II for use as a Palace for the Monarchy. The works which were carried out by PAYE were centred upon the conservation of the Palace to the North West of the site and also to the Watergate on the Eastern wall. The conservation approach was designed to primarily create a more stable ruin, but was conceived to minimise any intervention to prevent any aesthetic change to the existing masonry. With an aim to retain as much of the original fabric as possible, PAYE, working closely with Historic England, were able to re-bed and re-fix any cracked or loose masonry, ensuring the future health and safety of the building’s visitors. Other larger areas of work included the removal of the cement cappings which had been applied to the wall tops during the ministry of works interventions in the late 20th century. All loose flintwork was re-bedded and the wall tops were recapped to ensure water run-off all using a lime mortar mix matching the original in appearance, texture and permeability