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Server and Website Contact Issues

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  Unfortunately we have been experiencing server issues for the last few weeks with all websites and email facilities effected. Sorry if this has made your contact with Inspire difficult. If you are still experiencing difficulty contacting us then please feel free to call on the telephone numbers below. We hope to resolve these issues as soon as we can. In the meantime you can contact Michael Sheppard on 01908 586661 for project enquires .

Hertfordshire DOFF Cleaning and Monument Conservation

Sword of Sacrifice
  Abbots Langley war memorial has been cleaned by Inspire Conservation with the DOFF super heated water system and repointed with lime mortar ready for the winter months and the second phase of work, which will take place in the new year. The monument was heavily colonised by algal growths and the lettering was barely legible, but since the cleaning it is clear that the names can now be read.  The second phase of .

DOFF Cleaning Stone Monuments

Lime pointing repairs
Hertford Heath is a village in Hertfordshire who at the beginning of 2013 called upon Michael Sheppard to assess their war memorial and compile a specification of work to restore it.  The programme included cleaning with the DOFF super heated water system, lime mortar grouting, pointing and consolidation and general repairs to the surrounding base.  The PCC managed to raise the funds necessary to complete the works and so at the latter stages of .

War Memorial Cleaning and Repair in Hertfordshire

During cleaning of stone
  Essendon PCC contacted Inspire Conservation seeking our war memorial and stone cleaning services and we were instructed to DOFF clean their war memorial in time for the 2013 armistice day commemorations.  The small memorial was cleaned with our super heated water system to gently remove the algal and lichen growths from the surface.  The whole monument was then sprayed with an ammonia based biocide to actively remove any further growths for the next .

DOFF Cleaning Stone Monuments

DOFF cleaning stone
  Inspire Conservation use various cleaning methods for their projects depending on the individual factors and parameters set out to each environment.  In this war memorial cleaning project we used the DOFF steam cleaner which was used at approximately 100 degrees Celsius and a low pressure setting to gently remove the algal and lichen growths.  There was repointing of the stone in lime mortar also with our own brand of lime mortar, Ionic lime. .

Winners of an Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2013!

OPT Plaque
We are proud to announce that Inspire Conservation have won an Oxford Preservation Trust award for our work at Magdalen College, Oxford last year.  We were encouraged by the local authority conservation officer to submit our project which was short listed from various projects that were put forward.  Out of the 16 nominated projects in the building conservation category we were one of only three projects to receive an award for our outstanding contribution .

Britain’s Empty Homes BBC1 with Michael Sheppard and Baptist chapel conversion

Chapel House entrance
  Inspire Conservations very own Michael Sheppard has been part of the Britain’s Empty Homes programme on BBC1 today showing his family home and soon to be Lincoln office as an example of a full redevelopment of an empty building.  The show can be seen in the clip below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03gltdq/ Chapel House is a former Baptist chapel which has stood empty for a number of years and is adjoined to another house which will .

We are looking for more suitable sub-contractors and staff!

Staff Picture Conservator
  2013 has been a great year and as we are in a great position and are getting increasingly busy with more project enquiries being put in our direction we are looking for more staff.  This is a testament to our current work ethic and commitment to building conservation. As a result we are looking for more sub-contractors who are suitably qualified and experienced in their trade to work with our current staff and .

Magdalen College Longwall Stone Conservation Project Complete

Longwall stone work restoration
  Magdalen College is one of the main Oxford colleges and we have had the pleasure of returning there again this summer to work on the Longwall.  Longwall dates from 1485 and is grade II* listed, built from Taynton stone and in places is not in the best condition.  Inspire Conservation were approached to work on a section of the wall to start the long term commitment to restoring the stonework and consolidating the .
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