SOS for Heritage Homes

heritage building emergency service

Our building emergency service offers owners assistance who find their Heritage or Period building in distress or where arrangements have not worked out as planned.  

From building collapse or stepping into finish a project. RJ Restorations have a proven record of being able to devise and implement methods of clearance and rebuild and we will if required manage and complete a project on a clients behalf.

Fortified Farm House with Annexe in France

Taking over, and managing, a restoration mid-project in France.

The project (house, pool house, barn, annexe and garden) was distance-managed by the owners with day-to-day management by a local team but after numerous months and visits by the owners, the works showed little progress with accumulating costs. RJ Restorations were asked to take on the project and bring it to a finish, working on a bi-weekly rota on-site, building a trusted working-relationship with local craftsmen and suppliers to enable the owners to use the building the following summer.

Collapsed under-croft due to compromised foundations exacerbated by excess water

The collapse of medieval under-croft pillars, stone ceiling and flooring above. Leaving a dangerously unsafe ceiling with arch frames, ceiling, floor and debris in danger of further collapse. RJ Restorations were able to devise a support and removal system that met with Health and Safety parameters and Structural Engineers approval.

The remaining arches were supported and a partially collapsed column taken down. The rubble from the collapsed ceiling and floor above was then removed. The stonework from the collapsed arches was rescued, collated to record location and put to one side for re-use. New foundations were laid under the pillars. Specialist stonemasons collaborated with RJ Restorations, rebuilding the pillars and arches using the original stone where feasible. Further restoration works to the building where also undertaken at the request of the clients.