Restoration and Renovation

Shepley became established as a specialist restoration and conservation contractor in 1985 when we completed a major iron project on the Grade 1 listed Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, London. Since that time we have been engaged as the specialist contractor on numerous large high profile restoration schemes as well as a vast array of smaller private commissions. We have made significant investments in the specialist resources which are essential to deal with the unique challenges within this sector and this includes the promotion of trainees through the various key craft skills. We have also made significant investments in our facilities which are capable of dealing with all aspects of the work from the initial cleaning processes, through the various restoration tasks to the application of a range of protective coatings. In all cases our approach is carefully considered to provide a sympathetic solution which can involve a blend of conventional craft skills along with technologies which help us protect the historic fabric.

Structural Restoration and Conservation – Example projects

Shepley’s first major restoration project in 1985 involved the faithful repair and replacement of the cast iron oriel windows at the Grade1 listed facade of the Dorchester Hotel, London. We completed the project ahead of time, under budget and to the great satisfaction of English Heritage who had imposed very stringent conservation constraints on the project. Since that time we have been engaged as the specialist contractor on numerous large high profile restoration schemes as well as a vast array of smaller private commissions. We have an extremely experienced and appropriately qualified restoration team supported by large facilities which can accommodate all aspects of the restoration operations including the various cleaning and painting processes. Although we rely heavily on traditional craft techniques during the execution of work, we have also embraced sophisticated survey and recording technologies which are now embedded in our management of these historically significant projects.

Blackfriars Bridge Restoration & Strengthening

Survey, detail design, supply, fabrication, NDT and installation of some key structural strengthening elements as part of the overall bridge restoration and re-development process

Client : Balfour Beatty for Network Rail
Value : c £290k

Stack ‘A’ Custom House Quay, Dublin

Stack ‘A’ was converted from a redundant bonded warehouse into a retail facility with office space and a museum.
Our work involved the design development, manufacture, supply and installation of over 450 new cast iron lantern windows as well as the faithful restoration of existing elements.
The project was awarded the RIAI Best Conservation Project 2008

Client : Dublin Docklands Development
Value : c £700k

St Pancras Station

Within Contract CTRL105 Shepley were responsible for two major works packages
2510 – Ironwork Repairs & Restoration
2051 – Roof Structure
Our responsibilities included surveys, design development and all aspects of implementation within strict conservation and heritage constraints.

Client : CORBER
Value : c £17m

Smithfield Market, London

Shepley were responsible for the faithful repair and replacement of all damaged wrought and cast iron work using a wide range of techniques including :
Metal Stitching, Gas Fusion Welding, Filling and Dressing as well as Pinning and Plugging.
Our scope also included the detail design, fabrication and installation of a glazed structural steel suspended canopy to the main facades.

Client : TWM for the City of London
Value : c £1.2m

Netherby Suspension Bridge

Faithfull restoration and repair of this elegant Grade II listed 80 meter span footbridge over the River Esk in Cumbria.
Our scope included an innovative approach to the dismantling of the suspended deck, replacement of the suspension cables and in situ repairs of the two large iron lattice pylons.

Client : Netherby Estates
Value : c £280k

The Dorchester Hotel

Faithfull restoration of the iron and bronze ‘oriel’ feature windows to the Grade I listed facades of this London landmark hotel.
The work involved the careful dismantling of the entire window assemblies, the manufacture of new primary support framework as well as the restoration and reinstatement of the cast iron decorative panelling and bronze bead work.

Client : Sir Robert McAlpine
Value : c £1.5m

Iron Glass House Restoration – Example projects

Shepley have become the UK’s largest and leading faithful restorers of iron glasshouses. Our first major commission was the complete and sensitive restoration of Richard Turner’s Curvilinear Range at Glasnevin in Dublin which we completed in 1993. Regarded as the most important nineteenth century glasshouse in Europe, this was a very challenging project during which the house was completely dismantled before faithful restoration and reinstatement. The work involved over 11km of wrought iron glazing bar, 8500 panes of glass and a range of intricate structural castings. The project was a major success and this lead us into the delivery of many other subsequent glasshouse restorations. We have an extremely experienced and appropriately qualified restoration team supported by large facilities which can accommodate all aspects of the restoration operations including the various cleaning and painting processes. We are flexible in our approach and are happy to be engaged as advisers to potential projects. Our portfolio includes very large public project delivery as well as a range of smaller private commissions.

Abbey Lea Glasshouse, Dublin

Client : Australian Embassy
Value : c £240k

Kibble Palace, Glasgow

Client : Glasgow City Council
Value : c £6m

The Paxton Pavilions, Sheffield

Client : Sheffield City Council
Value : c £600k

The Curvilinear Range, Glasnevin, Dublin

Client : Office of Public Works, Ireland
Value : c £1.5m

The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool

Client : Liverpool City Council
Value : c £3m

The Palm House, Glasnevin, Dublin

Client : Office of Public Works, Ireland
Value : c £1.6m