Heritage Conservation & Restoration Sydney
Lancaster Painters Australia are registered for heritage in New South Wales and members of the National Trust. We are committed to the conservation, restoration, reconstruction and beautification of heritage buildings, houses and Churches in Sydney and Greater Sydney. As masters of the trade, we have been consistent in providing painting methods that are reproduced using the same paint methods and materials employed after which painting methods began to dominate the industry. Our work is based on exhaustive and continuous research into methods, materials, techniques and styles. Each job is individually hand painted by skilled artisans without compromises in quality, historical accuracy or consistency. We are able to reproduce the traditional paint finishes, decorative finishes, artwork and designs pertaining to the style, character and look of the original period look by analysing original paint scrapings and documentary evidence. Our heritage conservation Sydney portfolio boasts Parliament House, Highroyd House in Johnston Street Annadale, St Johns Cathedral in Parramatta, Rivendell Great Hall in the Thomas Walker Estate of Concord West Hospital, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and more.
What is Heritage Conservation Sydney?
Conservation-restoration, also referred to as conservation, is a profession devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage for the future. Heritage conservation Sydney activities include examination, documentation, treatment and preventative care.
The aim of Heritage Conservation is to ensure that the cultural significance of heritage places is retained for future generations to enjoy. In order to achieve this goal, Australia adopted a charter in 1979, outlining the general principles and philosophy behind heritage conservation. Known as “The Burra Charter”, it now forms the backbone of the management of historic places across Australia and also in many other countries around the world.
The Burra Charter
The Burra Charter identifies three levels of repair for heritage structures. They are:
Preservation – Maintaining a structure in its existing state and preventing further deterioration.
Restoration – Returning a structure to a known earlier state by the repair of existing fabric without the introduction of new materials.
Reconstruction – Returning a structure to a known earlier state by the introduction of new material into any remaining fabric.
Heritage Skills Training
Not only do we conform to the Burra Charter, but we are also very passionate about retaining the heritage skills required in order to conform to the principles of the Burra Charter. In February 2013, Master Heritage Painter Gary Lancaster, director of Lancaster Painters Australia, ran a workshop of heritage specialist painting skills for the graduate architects of the University of Melbourne. Gary is passionate about retaining traditional heritage skills for future generations to enjoy. Without the training of skills and supply of the historic tools used by past masters, such finishes are becoming a dying art and need to be retained by future generations. See more about traditional heritage skills and our traditional Sydney heritage painting services.