MAAC Studio conservation architects discuss climate change and rainfall

Rain Rain Go Away...

Climate change is affecting us all , but in unexpected ways. It not all about warmer temperatures and fitting more insulation. For our traditional buildings it can be simpler and more dramatic than that.

Preparing lime mixes at St Ninians Church Glenurquhart as part of on-going architectural conservation by MAAC Studio architects Inverness

Lime Testing at St Ninian's

We had perfect weather for carrying out our field test of lime mortars this week. Our research project will advance our understanding of lime mortars and heir durability in extreme conditions. The project is being supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

MAAC Studio conservation architects discuss nail sickness

Nail Sickness

Terms like “nail sickness” are evocative. Whenever a slate slips off a roof, there is a suspicion that the roof is suffering from this mysterious affliction that brought along by old age. We see our own health decline in old age and assume that buildings do the same.

MAAC Studio conservation architects discuss leadwork as a critical component for protecting your building

Looking After Your Leadwork

Whatever the size or complexity of the property, there are somethings that you really must invest in and top of the list has to be leadwork. Lead flashings and ridges are your primary defence against the rain and once the begin to fail, the rest of the building will quickly follow.

Advice for working with an architect MAAC Studio Inverness

Working with an Architect

Projects can vary in size, from small repairs and alterations to large scale interventions, but in either case commissioning an architect is something the most people are unlikely to do more than once or twice in a life-time.