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Beard has a strong reputation for its sensitive approach to restoring and converting historic and Grade II listed buildings.

Old and fragile structures demand special care, so whether we are converting a time-worn barn or restoring the fabric of a hallowed Oxford college building, we take an extremely detailed approach to the work involved.

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.

Two recent projects where restoration was a significant element are detailed below.

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford:

A complex project to reinstall 32 ceiling panel canvases to this Grade I listed building, following their restoration by specialists, demonstrates Beard's ability.

Beard found solutions to complex issues, including the design of a gantry to hoist the canvasses from the street. Beard also designed and fitted a birdcage scaffold to the interior, to protect all surfaces before cleaning and repairing the ceiling support structure.

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford:

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