Heritage restoration requires a multitude of skills and extensive knowledge of traditional masonry practices.
It is often impossible to source, or cost prohibitive to use the original facade material. Ductal, a ultra high performance concrete, can provide a cost effective, light weight and weather resistant alternative in these cases.
Old buildings are often not up to modern engineering standards and require lightweight, thin cross sections rather than full sized blocks of stone. Materials such as UHPC and GFRC can help to lower the weight of new materials by using hollow casting techniques, or casting what would traditionally be many units into one main column component. Old world techniques and new technology can work together to help recreate damaged components when restoring heritage buildings. Mend Restoration has talented artists able to sculpt any shape or form. Our team is fluent with 3D software, and our network of professionals can help with CNC milling, rapid prototype and 3D scanning.
When existing components are too dilapidated or have been completely removed, Mend can use archival blueprints, drawings or old photographs to help with the recreation of a facade.