Gates, obelisks, columns, arches, forts, temples and bridges can all find themselves being termed as follies and Ireland has its fair share of such structures providing historic social and cultural connections to the past.
This Practice has a long history of understanding these structures, their unique contribution to the landscape and working with those wishing to conserve and restore.
Our starting point is always to survey in detail so that we can identify the main threats to the structure and begin to reduce the risk to our client and set initial budgets for repair. We always look to agree a detailed Conservation Philosophy with the Groups looking to conserve and we understand entirely the financial constraints they will be working under.
Specialist advice backed up by our RICS Accreditation can be particularly important where the wrong diagnosis can lead to an incorrect or needless repairs which at best is unnecessary and at worst have unforeseen and costly consequences.
We prepare drawings and specifications and tender work to select contractors and always insist on a rigorous programme of site inspections to ensure high quality work. At the end we routinely record all interventions providing a permanent record of what was done.
To find out more about our work with Follies check out the Restoration of Tollymore Follies project.