Conservation & Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical building requires preservation to prevent decline

The conservation and preservation of the nation’s historical and ecclesiastical buildings, including cathedrals, churches, listed buildings and monuments, is crucial to preventing their decline. The steeplejack industry represented by ATLAS and its members has an established track record in the restoration and maintenance of these highly valued, iconic buildings to ensure that they remain safe, structurally sound and visually stunning.

Conservation at Height

Due to the age, value and public use of many heritage buildings, it is essential that any work is carried out sympathetically and with as little disruption as possible. Access can often prove challenging because of the fragile building façade or intricate architecture and ATLAS members have experience in providing appropriate solutions whatever the project using a combination of traditional steeplejack methods, rope access and specialist scaffold. What’s more, they are also competent to undertake the full range of repair and maintenance work providing a ‘one stop shop’ which is a more efficient and cost effective option for clients than using a number of different trades to carry out the work.

Specialist Contractors for a Specialist Trade

The building materials used in historical and ecclesiastical buildings are often more susceptible to damage than those used in more modern structures and the skills of a Specialist Contractor are required when it comes to their repair and maintenance. Inspections are undertaken to identify any defects to the building façade which are logged and then taken into account in an on-going maintenance programme. This ensures that any defects are spotted early and repaired quickly to avoid irreparable damage, saving time and money in the long term.

By working closely with organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage as well as architects, surveyors and facilities management companies, ATLAS members undertake a wide range of specialist repairs and maintenance to heritage buildings including:

  • Masonry conservation, repairs and replacement
  • Steeple, tower and spire restoration to masonry, ironwork and weather vanes
  • Installation of rainwater systems
  • Roof works
  • Stonework and leadwork
  • Restoration of wrought ironwork
  • Gilding works to weather vanes and clock faces
  • Repair, treatment and protection of timber structures.

The highly specialist skills possessed by ATLAS members have been passed down from one generation to the next and continuous investment in new training and qualifications ensures that they can apply the latest techniques to carry out the work safely across all heritage projects.

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