What is building restoration?

Exploring the Beauty of Building Restorations

Building restoration involves the process of returning a structure to its original condition or improving its appearance while maintaining its historical and architectural significance.

Preserving and protecting our architecture throughout the UK is important for the future as it allows us to mark out and study distinct moments within history. By preserving these, often beautiful, structures we can slow down the use of materials used for the levelling and rebuilding of new structures, creating less waste and damage to the environment.

To restore a building, it includes repairing or replacing damaged or deteriorated elements, cleaning surfaces and preserving original features. There are many forms of harm which can damage a building and take a toll on what once was a marvel of ingenuity. Some of the elements that can have an impact or do damage to a building include:









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In many cases these types of damage are rectifiable through restoration techniques. The most common of these would be pollution/weathering on the outside brick or stonework. Preventing this type of deterioration is vital, as it can produce lasting damage to the overall structure and surface. Tackling this head-on will help keep everything in place for longer. Luckily, in the modern age, we can take preventive measures against future damage for years to come, as we can use a protective coating and layer that will preserve surfaces.

As we are local to Leicester, we thought we would share a little background into some historic buildings in the area that we love and have even had the opportunity to work on!

Leicester Railway Station – The first station, on the present site, was constructed by the Midland Counties Railway on Campbell Street and was first used on 4th May 1840, when a train of four first and six second -class carriages, pulled by the ‘Leopard’ steam engine, arrived from Nottingham. The new station on London Road needs to be maintained as it remains a well-preserved late Victorian building. Our team at Skill-Stone is proud to say that we were a part of this.

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St. Andrew Methodist Church – Built in 1879 by the architects Redfern and Sawday, the church has stood as a cornerstone of the community for many Leicester residents and now needs some restoration work. We will undertake a series of restoration works at St. Andrew Methodist Church in Leicester over the next six months. Our Managing Director, Chris Williamson expressed his anticipation of showcasing the completed restoration, aimed at restoring the church’s structural integrity.

The Arch of Remembrance – this is a First World War memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is in Victoria Park, Leicester. Leicester’s industry contributed to the British war effort. It was an honour to provide our services to ensure the beauty and significance of this structure are remembered.

At Skill Stone, we love preserving buildings and their features throughout Leicester, the Midlands and throughout the UK and that’s why we offer expert services to help protect your buildings, from smaller houses to large multi-structured buildings, our team have the skills to ensure the building gets a new lease of life.

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