conservation engineering

Albert Fry Associates’ experience and expertise in the field of conservation engineering extends to over 30 years. During this time, we have forged strong relationships with a number of conservation architects.

We have successfully collaborated on a range of schemes from stabilisation of scheduled monument fabric, through repair, restoration and adaptation of major listed buildings to guidance on conservation measures for historic structural fabric.

Our joint managing director Jim Kerr is a CARE accredited Conservation Engineer and is conversant with conservation philosophies and methods appropriate to heritage projects.


our conservation methodology

Our approach to conservation is underpinned by the following ‘best practice’ principles:

  • conservation based on a respect for the existing fabric
  • conservation showing greatest respect for and requiring the least possible loss of material of cultural heritage value
  • use of reversible processes where possible to allow for future developments or correction of unforeseeable problems, or where the future integrity of the heritage could be affected
  • legibility, such that restoration does not falsify artistic or historic evidence
  • sustainability, such that current use of the heritage does not destroy the opportunity of handing it down to future generations

Recent conservation schemes on which Albert Fry Associates have consulted include: restoration of the former Lynn Library at Queen’s University Belfast; the restoration of the former Harland & Wolff Headquarters and Drawing Offices; interior and exterior restoration of the Grand Opera House in Belfast; and ongoing masonry conservation works on Lanyon Building West at Queen’s University Belfast.