CONDITION SURVEYS 

A condition survey involves the examination and photographic recording of an object, surface, or building prior to treatment. 

A Condition Survey aims to: 
 
Record the present condition of the object, highlighting areas of failure or concern. 
Better understand the nature, history, technology and significance of the object 
Investigate previous interventions. 
Identify causes of historic and ongoing deterioration. 
Present conservation recommendations based on the results of the survey. 
Provide an estimate for works, if required 
Techniques used in a condition survey include: 
A visual examination of the object 
A technical examination of the object using ultraviolet light to detect the presence of varnish, non-original materials, the use of particular paints etc. 
The use of raking light to detect inconsistencies in the surface topography of an object 
A written explanation of the condition of the object 
Digital photography 
The digital annotation of diagrams or photographs to locate areas of failure 
Whether it’s restoring a period family home or an commercial office space, our experienced Building Surveying team understand the trauma involved and work hard to keep all parties informed and on target with the build. 
Presentation of Results 
 
A bound and illustrated report is provided, in which the findings of the survey are detailed with recommendations for the development of an appropriate strategy to stabilise the object. 
Continuous Documentation 
 
All work carried out by Hirst Conservation will be continuously recorded using written and photographic means. This will be formatted into a Final report and x3 copies provided for the client on completion of works. A CD copy will be included on request. 
 
Presentation of Results 
 
A bound and illustrated report is provided, in which the findings of the survey are detailed with recommendations for the development of an appropriate strategy to stabilise the object. 
Continuous Documentation 
 
All work carried out by Hirst Conservation will be continuously recorded using written and photographic means. This will be formatted into a Final report and x3 copies provided for the client on completion of works. A CD copy will be included on request. 
 
 
 
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