Heritage restoration requires an understanding of clients’ wants within the sometimes conflicting requirements of cost, practicalities and heritage legislation.
We often advise on alternatives. Sometimes we only need to arrest further deterioration whilst at other times, we conduct a purist restoration back to the original condition.
As heritage structures are often owned by or held in trust by Governments (or the Government Architect), Councils, Trustees and Churches, restorations are subject to different levels of funding and governance.
Andersal tradespeople always will respect the structure, protect the structure and strive not to damage the structure.
Our core skill set is concrete repair, waterproofing, difficult access and abseiling. We specialise in innovative solutions to complex problems. We have a depth of material knowledge, material aging knowledge and product knowledge. We pride ourselves on diagnosing the root cause of the problem and providing robust solutions.
Andersal has successfully completed many repairs in structures of heritage significance: Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park; The Conservatorium of Music, Sydney; St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Burwood; Colgate Building, Balmain and Glebe Island Silos, Sydney.
We find our clients seek practical and cost-effective alternatives and we quote on a wide range of structures.
As an example, we were asked to look at damaged granite block at Garden Island Dry Dock.
The damaged granite did not warrant the expense of full granite block replacement. The client was pleased to receive a quote for crushed granite and epoxy mix trowelled into the damage after installation of Helifix pins into the main block to anchor the repair. This was significantly cheaper than the full replacement option with the architectural appearance and integrity retained.
We have a network of skilled artists and craftspeople who work with us on heritage structures such as stonemasons; banker masons; bronze artefact restorers; and terrazzo suppliers to name a few.