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Selecting the correct method for cleaning historic facades
Most forms of building facade cleaning carry some risk of either changing or damaging the material surfaces. Methods must therefore be carefully selected to minimise the risks, and it is usually considered appropriate to ‘underclean’ rather than risk damage. Building owners usually require their facades to appear as clean as possible, so their expectations need to be managed and the risks explained. Every façade will have its own set of challenges for which the most successful solutions will often involve a combination of methods. This article describes the variety of methods and the circumstances where they are best employed.
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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.
CitationPaye, Adrian (2017, June 1). Selecting the correct method for cleaning historic facades. In the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, Volume 6, Issue 1.