Beard has a strong reputation for its sensitive approach to restoring and converting historic and Grade II listed buildings.
Our project planning begins with a review of all previous construction work on the site, so that we can identify any potential structural problems before the restoration work begins and plan measures that will minimise their impact.
We also plan how to repair and recycle as much of the building’s original fabric as possible.
Traditional building trade skills and craftsmanship are essential when restoring buildings that are part of our national heritage. Beard is especially suited to this type of work because we employ our own workforce of highly skilled trades people. Our site managers also have hands-on experience of traditional construction crafts and techniques.
Beard brings in expert advice and practical support whenever needed, drawing upon the strong links we have developed with consultants, subcontractors and craftspeople who specialise in building restoration.
Many customers and construction partners come back to Beard over and over again because of our ability to plan, organise and manage restoration projects successfully.
Beard completed the sensitive refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the visitor entrance of this world-famous museum. The project was particularly challenging due to the priceless collections which remained in-situ throughout the works and were susceptible to damage from light, dust and moisture.
Remodelling the entrance involved the construction of an entrance platform and commissioning of new cast iron pillars to match the Victorian originals. Working with sub contractors, Beard's also designed a ventilation system which used existing roof louvres, requiring a permanent steel walkway on the roof.