Historic (usually Listed) Buildings
Brian Eyley has specialised in surveying and organising the repair, restoration and maintenance of historic buildings since the 1970s. He has carried out major works to Grade 1, Grade 2* and Grade 2 Listed Buildings.
The work has included investigations, repair specifications, management of building contractors and, of course includes liaison with the Local Authority Conservation Officer or with "Historic England".
We identify the defects and shortcomings and, with specialist knowledge of the methods of construction employed in the past, can advise of maintenance or repair.
We also specify extensive repairs and remodelling and obtain all the consents needed.
Historic Building Surveys
We regularly carry out pre-purchase surveys (Building Surveys) on historic buildings.
If the purchase of a historic building is under consideration, it is even more important than with normal buildings to obtain advice on the construction and condition before a legal commitment to purchase is made.
Our Historic Building surveys are detailed and include comment on the original building construction, conservation matters. They usually include more than 20 photographs. Please refer to our Pre-Purchase Survey page for extracts from an example.
Historic Building Defects and their Repair
Maintenance Plans for Listed Buildings can be prepared and fabric conservation advice given and implemented.
It is important to use the correct materials and techniques to avoid damage and to conserve the period elements of structure or finishes.
Similarly, defect diagnosis is especially important both to conserve the fabric and to control costs.
We can advise you before purchase, during restoration and afterwards for maintenance.
This practice was retained as independent consultants by the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard until they took the maintenance planning and repair functions in-house. Brian Eyley was responsible for a number of major repair programmes and contracts and for providing input into the maintenance planning for the large number of historic buildings.
Brian Eyley carried out a Building Survey of Westenhanger Castle near Folkestone Racecourse. This is a scheduled ancient monument with the walls dating from the 1400s. It was owned by King Henry VIII and Edward V and Elizabeth I both occupied its royal suites. It was in dire condition when surveyed but has since been restored.
Brian Eyley has carried out repair and building contracts on a number of Oxford College buildings, most of which are Grade 1 Listed.
He also has worked on the Ewelme and Goring Almshouses both of which are Grade 1 listed.
Early in his career, Brian was involved in maintenance and alteration works to several of the Grade 1 listed Gentlemen's Clubs in the St James' Street area of London and assisted his principal with bomb damage restoration to parts of the Palladian style Brook's Club (1778) after the IRA mistakenly bombed the wrong building when trying to attack the then Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Please note the restoration of the William Kent Gateway C1733-1740 which received an award and which forms the basis of our company logo, The Listing summary is here.