Practical sustainable solutions for everyday building problems

HISTORICAL AND CONSERVATION ENGINEERING

CPA uses non-invasive and non-destructive investigation techniques as appropriate for the proper identification of structurally significant defects and the diagnosis of the cause of instability problems. This step process governs the strategy and options for specifying necessary sympathetic repairs, strengthening or enhancements, and may be used in prescribing a future maintenance strategy.

CPA possess the detailed knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the often conflicting demands for taking appropriate care of old, and possibly very frail, material whilst adapting listed buildings for continued use or new occupation.

CPA carry out detailed appraisals of existing building structures and the historic fabric condition, CPA promotes best practice in all conservation project work under the direction of a Conservation Accredited Engineer.

Our core conservation professional services are:
  • Defect investigation and diagnosis
  • Structure appraisals and condition surveys
  • Structural Reports
  • Engineering check calculations
  • Listed Building Consent applications
  • Design and access statements
  • Advice on sympathetic repair strategies arising from dampness, storm, fire, flood, impact and subsidence damage as well as from natural decay and degradation.
  • Conservation management plans
  • Conservation maintenance schedules
  • Preparing specifications for treatment and repair of historic elements; loadbearing frames and material (cast iron, steel, stone, brick, lime, earth, timber, thatch, leadwork, glass, decorative plasterwork.)
  • Conversions for change of use
  • Extensions and sensitive adaptation, including the provision of disabled access or new welfare facilities
  • Sustainable building solutions using natural materials, relevant for improved sound and thermal insulation