The UK is home to a wealth of beautiful historic and listed buildings. Sadly, many of these beautiful old buildings have fallen into disrepair as a result of neglect, abandonment, poor management, or a lack of funds.

Climate change also poses an immediate risk to our historic and listed buildings. The increased extremes of wet and dry weather increase the risk of structural problems from ground subsidence and accelerate the decay of stonework. Global warming will also likely encourage plant and fungal growth, causing a buildup of organic matter, affecting historic building materials. Without appropriate cleaning and restoration, these precious buildings could become irreparably damaged along with a loss of the economic, social, and cultural benefits they offer.

Listed building restoration and maintenance

Before any stone or brick restoration can begin, the building’s age, location and previous repairs are taken into account. Any listed building restoration project is generally only carried out if deemed necessary to preserve the integrity and history of the building. Any historic mortar, for instance, that is still sound will be best left undisturbed as it may contribute to both the significance and character of the building. However, the parts of the building that are most damaged or affected by specific issues such as leaking gutters, failing materials, and staining, may need sensitive cleaning, repointing, and repair.

Whether lead, slate, or clay-tiled, the roofs of historic and listed buildings require sensitive and sympathetic roofing skills and traditional materials to restore them to their original beauty. This can also include guttering cleaning or repair, and decorative leadwork restoration, as found on many of the UK’s listed buildings. Roof maintenance also plays an essential role in helping to identify and source leaks that could compromise the integrity of the building.

Listed building cleaning

The main aim of listed building cleaning is to remove dirt build-up, which can react with the stonework and eventually reduce its lifespan. Damp areas also attract dirt, especially when the climate is wet. If these damp areas have not already been identified, cleaning away dirt or organic matter can make them more apparent. Thick grime can also hold water either against or within the masonry, accelerating the deterioration of the stonework. Apart from the aesthetic improvement, specialist façade and stone cleaning will also help to remove dirt and staining, which could be obscuring or worsening structural failures that could lead to significant problems with the overall structure.

Preserving the past to protect the future

Listed building restoration not only preserves high-value buildings for future generations, but it also preserves our past. The UK boasts a long and rich history and these buildings reflect that. While acting as a visual representation of our history, they are a testament to the architectural expertise of our ancestors. However, it is crucial that any listed building cleaning and restoration is completed in a sustainable and long-term way to ensure the restoration is manageable and easier to maintain in the years to come.

While we all want to see our heritage buildings looking at their best, beauty is more than skin deep when it comes to listed buildings. The stonework may look clean and undamaged, but underneath may tell a very different story. It takes careful restoration and cleaning to preserve historic and listed buildings for the future while also reducing unnecessary costs.



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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

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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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