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Understanding common defects in historic masonry
This paper advocates an understanding of the causes of failure in historic masonry as the key to a successful conservation programme. Only then can a suitable repair strategy be developed to enhance the long-term and cost-effective performance of an historic facade. This paper is an excerpt from Adrian Paye's forthcoming book, and describes many common causes of failure. Photographs are of recent PAYE contracts.
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Adrian Paye From a family of stonemasons, Adrian Paye is a chartered surveyor, a chartered construction manager, and the founding director of PAYE Stonework. He regularly lectures on university conservation courses and for CPD audiences including the RICS, and acts as a sub-consultant to various structural engineering, surveying and architectural practices. He is a skills assessor for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, and an ambassador for the Museum of London. PAYE have undertaken conservation and repair works on most of the UK’s significant facades such as Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Battersea Power Station, the Roman Mithras Temple, the Crown Estate, the Palace of Westminster, the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Eton College and the British Museum, and have won many major awards. Adrian’s role at PAYE is to provide technical advice and budgets, and act as a mentor for the company’s next generation of conservation experts. On 1st January, 2000, Adrian was awarded the Royal Warrant for conservation and repair works at Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. PAYE created the Queen Mother Memorial in The Mall and have also undertaken a number of private commissions for the Royal Household.