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Restoration and Development Schemes

This type of commission usually begins with the preparation of a consultation document for circulation to English Heritage, Local Authorities and the statutory Amenity Societies, in advance of formal submission for planning permission and listed building consent, and continues with close supervision up to the completion of the project.

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Gunton House, Reymerston, Norfolk, 2001

3-D drawing of the timber frame of the 1580 house hidden by later brickwork and extensions, surveyed and drawn in-house. All elevations, sections and details can be taken from one drawing, rotated or viewed from any angle. The grade II* house restored for the private owner with a grant from English Heritage, and the recording and analysis exercise was 100% grant-aided. Dendrochronology undertaken by University College, London

Restorations of major houses and complexes follows a similar course, with the preparation of the master-plan, identifying all features of interest, their date and importance, and a phased programme of work sometimes with a time-scale of a decade or more. This will typically include the preparation of a Conservation Statement and a Conservation Plan, and in a large house, added to and altered over the years, the initial problem is to decide at which point in its history is the restoration aimed, and this must be fully justified. Specifications include the recipe for authentic mortar and plaster mixes, selection of timber, pointing methods and building techniques generally. If necessary, other specialists are called in to the team.