The UK is fortunate to have an abundance of historic buildings. These wonderful, beautiful, old structures reflect the time in which they were built. Each historic building is a physical form of history that characterises many UK cities. Preserving these historic buildings is of national importance.

However, many have fallen into disrepair from neglect, a lack of funds, and even the weather. Climate change has led to extreme weather changes, which can cause structural problems and decay to the stonework. There’s also the risk of plant and fungal growth and insect infestation which can affect the integrity of a historic building. Preserving historic buildings ensures the economic, social and cultural benefits they provide are protected for generations to come.

Historic stone building undergoing restoration work

The value of historical buildings

Historic buildings provide a tangible link with the past and a sense of stability. It is an important investment in both the present and the future. The older a building is, the less likely there are to be surviving examples of its kind. Preserving historic buildings helps to keep communities connected with both their past and with one another.

Historic building facades reflect centuries worth of history. However, many of these glorious buildings can begin to look unsightly over time. Sensitive façade restoration and cleaning is the most visible aspect of building conservation. When carried out correctly, it helps to restore and increase the lifespan of an older building.

Importance of historic preservation

Preservation involves far more than just saving and restoring an old building and sites of historical importance. There are considerable cultural, environmental, economic and educational benefits to preserving and restoring historic buildings. Buildings of historic interest attract people from all over the world. It might be because of the buildings historical roots, the materials used, the distinctive architecture or some specific decorated corner that people find fascinating. Historic and listed buildings help to increase tourism, provide job opportunities and revitalise communities.

Connects communities with their past

They also play a key role in keeping communities vibrant, beautiful and liveable and gives people a crucial stake in their surroundings and history. It connects people with their past and with each other. History, after all, is a great educator. Getting to know the history of a community and its important historical buildings fosters a sense of belonging and community pride. The buildings designs and construction tell us about the cultures that built them and the traditions and events from which today’s society grew.

Preservation reduces environmental impact

The destruction of any building will result in a huge amount of waste that will simply end up in landfill or incinerated, polluting land and air. Restoring and preserving buildings almost always has less of an environmental impact than demolishing and replacing them. Furthermore, by safeguarding these important historical structures which are often at the heart of towns and cities, and encouraging investment in them can offset many of the adverse effects of growth.

Historical and listed building restoration is a delicate and time-consuming process. However, it also one that is ultimately extremely rewarding. Preserving buildings of great historical value ensure these heritage buildings and historic architecture will still be here long into the future. If you are looking at getting a listed or historic building restored, we are experts in external stone cleaning, façade restoration, masonry repairs and conservation of listed and heritage buildings. Speak to a member of our team to find out more.



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Building Transformation’s unquestionable honesty and enthusiasm for ensuring the client receives the correct whole-life solution (rather than a quick fix) resulted in us being able to ensure the building was not only returned to its former glory, but will stay that way for years to come. I would recommend them to anyone.

Kenny Gash - Carillion Amey

The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer- focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.

Kerry Quinn - Echo Arena

Customer service is paramount to Building Transformation and they invested vast amounts of time in providing me with a programme to facilitate what was a very complex and time-specific programme of work for the site. The quality and level of support provided by Building Transformation is priceless to any client/contractor.

Marc Blow MCIOB MBIFM - Carillion Amey

The approach and advice on setting up the works at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre were first-class. Building Transformation’s attention to detail was excellent and the RAMS were followed meticulously to every detail. We were delighted with the works and service, and would not hesitate to use them again, nor hesitate to recommend them to any organisation.

Kevin Egginton - Wolverhampton Council

A 200,000 sq. ft., four-storey leisure venue in the heart of Nottingham city centre surrounded by major traffic routes needed work to be done overnight to deal with the traffic issues, while the site remained open throughout. The project took around three weeks to complete and went exceptionally well; the Building Transformation staff were flexible and able to work round dynamic operational issues. The clean was of a high standard and has made a significant different to the image of the building. A very difficult job done well.

Suzanne Green - Land Securities

May & Co have worked with Building Transformation on a number of projects which have included external building cleaning and refurbishment. They provided a great service, supported by the high level of documentation from the initial quotation to books and industry-related guidance, all relevant to our project.

Anton Theobald - May & Co

I am very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. Also the level of cleaning provided and attention to detail is much appreciated.

Waqas Bin Tahir - Ibis Southampton

I am using Building Transformation’s work to help justify façade restoration works around our business.  They have produced excellent presentations on what can be achieved and is a brilliant piece of informed marketing that is helping slowly win people over in our business to take façade cleaning and restoration more seriously.

Needless to say Building Transformation is a name that is now becoming known and respected.

Simon Attwood - Broadgate Estates Ltd.

Building Transformation gave great communication throughout our projects.
It will be my pleasure to recommend Building Transformation.

Sarah Cameron - My Hotels Group

Just signed off the job with Richard. Myself, the bosses and the tenant all are very pleased with the work. It definitely looks rejuvenated just a case of painting the concrete window surrounds in the new year to finish it off. Have found your company and staff very professional and helpful which has facilitated a project with minimal inconvenience and disruption to our in situ tenants.

Mark Hollinshead - Headruddy Property Development

I had a walk around today with Dave and am impressed with the work so far.  Dave and the team have done a great job.

I’d certainly love to work with you in the future so perhaps before the job is completed we could look at what opportunities there are for the future.

Marie Green - Novotel Sheffield

At this stage, from my point of view your team has been extremely professional, informing us of what was happening at all times and most importantly no disruption whatsoever to our guests and business.

Ludovic Verzi - Novotel Leeds

We are very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. The operatives on site were very professional and communicated to us at all times.

Maria Pinana Mateu - Science Museum

The team at Building Transformation understood our challenge of finding a facade cleaning solution that would initially restore the glazing to its original state, protecting our building for years to come. Through intelligent and thorough testing right through to the full restoration of Block D, we have been very satisfied with the project management and delivery of the cleaning programme.

Colin Pilkington - Renaker Build Limited

Thank you for all the work that you carried out in cleaning the outside of our school.  We are delighted with the results.  You have managed to completely remove heavy staining from many areas around the building.

We found you extremely easy to work with: your quote was reasonable, you carried out the work quickly and you were very flexible in terms of timings.

Tamsin Griffith - Courtney Road Primary School, Bristol

have worked with Building Transformation on several projects within the hospitality industry and have found
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Stephanie LE COUTEUR - ARTELIA UK

e will definitely be working with you again! Your engineers were very polite and accommodating every time they visited site and have done a first class job. I will be recommending Building Transformation to everyone!

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