A brief review of 2014

2014 was a very busy year, with many interesting and diverse projects. Here’s a quick review:

Heritage Cottage, Glamorgan

Heritage Cottage, Cymdare, Powys

Heritage Cottage, Cymdare, Glamorgan

‘Heritage Cottage’, Cwmdare, is a typical 19th century miner’s cottage of the south Wales valleys. The cottage, which was built c.1854, was purchased by Cadw in 2012, and is a rare surviving example of an unmodernised terraced house. The cottage is to be used to identify cost-effective, energy-efficient measures that can be undertaken to promote sustainability and retain essential character of traditional buildings.

KMPR undertook architectural paint research, recording and paint consultancy to the interiors and exterior of Heritage Cottage. Architectural paint research focused not only on the physical decorative history of the cottage, but also contributed to the understanding of the social history of the 19th century miner’s home. Reporting included recommendations for conservation and restoration, as well as a review of environmental credentials of paint systems and implications for use in traditional buildings. Find out more about this complex project here http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/about/partnershipsandprojects/projectsfundedcadw/Heritage-Cottage/?lang=en

Audley End House, Essex

Exterior view of Audley End House, Essex

Exterior view of Audley End House, Essex

We have been on site throughout the year at this magnificent Jacobean Mansion. Our work for English Heritage has included analysis of coatings applied to external masonry in order to information conservation treatments, and pigment analysis and colour matching for decorative wallpapers from the interiors.

The Malt Cross, Nottingham

The Malt Cross, Nottingham

The Malt Cross, Nottingham: Elevation showing the extent of Victorian marbling with the music hall

The Malt Cross, Nottingham, is one of the few surviving music halls in the UK. The gluelam roof of the Malt Cross makes this a unique building among music halls.

A detailed programme of research revealed that the interiors of the music hall were originally painted to resemble marble. This technique, which requires the finish to be built up over a series of washes and glazes, was applied extensively throughout the building. We worked with the client to devise an appropriate scheme of redecoration, inspired by the paint research findings, for this working live music venue and community hub. Find out more about this amazing building here  http://heritage.maltcross.com/timeline

Tamworth Assembly Rooms

Tamworth Assembly Room: Elevation of scheme 1

Tamworth Assembly Room: Elevation of scheme 1.
Elevation drawing supplied by Rodney Melville Architects, based on survey drawings prepared by Greenhatch Group. Colour applied by Karen Morrissey Paint Research

Tamworth Assembly Room was built by public subscription in the 19th century, and remains a key venue within the town of Tamworth today.

KMPR undertook architectural paint research to Assembly Rooms to inform a restoration/ redecoration strategy. Research included:

  • Archive research
  • Cross section analysis of samples to provide a detailed insight into the decorative history of the site
  • In situ layering tests to reveal 19th century decoration
  • Photographic and diagrammatic (to scale) Recording of historic decoration

What are the benefits of paint research for your project?

Benefits of undertaking a considered and well planned campaign of architectural paint research include:

Project management

  • By providing clarity at the beginning of a project, architectural paint research can allow planning and budgeting of conservation and restoration work
  • Identification of technical issues with paint, such as latent incompatibility, performance and toxicity
  • Contribution to long-term conservation management plan
  • Underpinning options for conservation/ restoration

Enriching the interpretation of your site

  • Enhancement of the recorded archaeology of a site
  • Establishment of the chronology of decorative schemes
  • Creation of a narrative of changes to the structure and related decorative schemes
  • Evaluation of how changing fashion, economy and use of a heritage asset has impacted on the choice, quality and condition of decoration
  • Interpretation of the significance of the schemes identified
  • Dating of both paint schemes and architectural changes