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 .
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. .
We thought we would have a bit of fun and plot some of the projects that Michael Sheppard and Inspire Conservation have completed projects over the last eight years and it turns out that it covers quite a distance…
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 .
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 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 .
If you are a custodian of a war memorial or have one in your village or town which requires attention before the centennial event on the 4th August 2014 then you may require funding for the work. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offer funding for the restoration and repair of World War One memorials, monuments and other artefacts for the centennial. The details can be found here on the HLF site with various options. .
The WWI centennial celebrations will be upon us next year and it is only natural that there would be a influx of war memorials requiring repair and cleaning as parishes and custodians prepare ahead to the calendar event. Inspire Conservation undertake numerous war memorial conservation programmes every year and we are known for our understanding of these unique monuments. Ampthill town council have instructed us to conserve, clean and repair the monument including DOFF cleaning .
Inspire Conservation is now 5! Michael Sheppard set up Inspire Conservation five years ago after completing a two year project with Payne and Stewart at Cardiff castle. Michael acted as the site manager over seeing a large team of wall painting and decorative surface conservators and specialist subcontractors. The companies humble beginnings started as MJS Conservation for a few years and established itself as a stone conservation company specialising in the treatment of .
The Radcliffe Centre in Church Street was built as a Congregational Chapel and completed in 1857 to the designs of Foster and Wood of Bristol. It was enlarged in 1879 by the addition of a Sunday School, being the extension to the right with the red tiled roof. It later became surplus to requirements and was bought by The University of Buckingham in 1982 and converted into a lecture and concert venue. Inspire Conservation .