What is the Lasting Value in a Building Extension?

What is the Lasting Value in a Building Extension?

Buildings are about prestige.  Not in some vulgar, boastful manner, but as part of a real sense of justified pride. The business of building when it comes to high quality improvements and renovations should reflect this in terms of how individual projects are approached and completed. Improving buildings adds value to them; it’s a business-savvy move. But more than this, the quality of work, the choice of materials used, adds another layer of value altogether.


An Extension of Value

In June 2016, Tate Modern opened its new extension, known as the Switch House. It is both culturally and architecturally significant. A striking feature of the finished building is the brickwork used on its exterior, which enables it to sit comfortably next to the existing Tate Modern building.

The original Bankside Power Station was built in stages between 1947 and 1963, and while it is strictly speaking a modern building, it now represents something with an enduring cultural legacy. The modern extension perfectly complements this.

Michael Kemp, Construction Director at Derbyshire-based Restoration Projects, sees the Tate extension as the perfect encapsulation of a set of values. “You can see how the details contribute to the success of the whole extension, which in turn enhances the original building,” he comments.

“It’s about being appropriate but also dynamic, and creating something of lasting value in the process.”


Material Gains

The key to success is in the means and the material when it comes to applying craftsmanship values to building work.

“With the Tate, the new extension is quite architecturally bold, but the way it is finished, the materials used, means that it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb,” Michael observes.

“In business terms, it can only add value, and in aesthetic terms this is also true. Our work is also about following a set of aesthetic principles to obtain practical results.”

Restoration Projects’ approach is to extend the techniques and principles of building restoration work to the domestic market for home improvement, whether large-scale conversions, extensions or refurbishments, throughout Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

“It’s about matching the right materials to the job,’ Michael concludes. “And having an eye for detail within the bigger picture.”

If you demand aesthetic principles and an eye for detail for your next extension or conversion,  please call Restoration Projects on 01457 861702.  Alternatively, you can view some of their work here.


*Image, courtesy of Restoration Projects