Gerard C J Lynch
Historic Brickwork Consultant
Due to the listed status of the building, however, once the masonry was braced and supported (to the satisfaction of a structural engineer) I would have expected a sensible period of consultation with all interested parties and relevant heritage bodies to have been combined with careful planning of proposed work to rectify the problems. This would have helped to ensure that the repairs to the brickwork would have constituted an acceptable level of minimum interference with the original fabric, to prevent the charm of this handsome building from being significantly altered. Also to help ensure that the materials and techniques specified were, as far as possible, in keeping with the traditional constructional and aesthetic characteristics of the building.