We specialise in the restoration of architectural metalwork on historic buildings. Working with local councils, national heritage and heritage lottery we have compiled some examples of our work below.
Victorian Window Canopies
Working in the footsteps of Victorian Engineers Trimax has reconstructed these window canopies from solid Zinc. Each and every piece of the canopy has been cut formed and soldered together to form the original shape. We had just what remained of just one very badly corroded canopy to make templates and drawings. Working very closely with heritage this piece was of great architectural and historic interest and needed to be replaced together with a further five for the Grand Canaria Hotel in Folkestone.
St. Peter’s Finial Folkestone
From an architect drawing and what remained of the existing finial, we were able to reconstruct a new stainless steel finial which was cut from one piece of duplex stainless by water jet cutting. The difficult part was engineering a method of attaching the new finial to what was left of the old corroded finial shaft protruding from the oak timber. We compiled a method of encapsulated the oak stump with a stainless steel prosthetic sheath which bolted through the timber. This was intern covered in lead and weathered allowing the new finial to slot over the new post which incorporated a new connection for the lightning conductor.
St. Peter’s Spire Folkestone
After an engineering survey on the spire, the centre main supporting timber was found to be broken, which later transpired to be caused by a bullet from a WW2 German Messerschmitt. To repair the damaged timber we produced two stainless steel splints which clamped the broken timber together and held in place with stainless steel coach bolts. The structure was further secured with four stainless steel tie rods we produced running from top to bottom. We also produced some complicated wedges individually tailored to fit snugly between the tapered beams. In order for the tapered wedges to be aligned and bolted together, we had to produce special drill guides to accurately cross drill the timbers and align the bolts through the wedges.
Copper candles were remover from St. Peter’s spire Folkestone and given to us for renovation. We remade and silver soldered a new cap to one of the candles which was missing one. The candles were then machine polished and lacquered.
Kearsney Abby Bridge
We were asked by Dover district council to look t replacing Victorian railings crossing the bridge in Kearsney Abby. There were many phases of restoration on the bridge, but ascertaining the original Victorian sections were constructed with a series of interlocking wires through cast iron balls. We managed to reconstruct the same pattern and construction as the original.
Windows Crittall & Casement
We produce to make and repair Crittlall and Casement windows to most historic buildings. Our services are used by joinery and glazing companies alike.
We produce window guards for historic churches made from stainless steel mesh. Precisely tailored to fit the window exactly and black powder-coated in a semi-gloss so no to reflect or distort light entering the window.
WW 1 Gates And Railings
During the war effort in world war one iron gates and railings were cut down to help the war effort. One of our customers wanted to restore his house to exactly how it was and instructed us to remake the ironwork in accordance with old photographs taken of the property.
Gutter Brackets For A Grade 2 listed Building
These gutter brackets were made to replace broken and corroded ones taken from a grade 2 listed. With one good sample we were able to replicate and make replacements to the same specification.