Sullivan Building and Restoration would be happy to provide you with a quotation for all lead installations, including sand cast and BS12588 (all codes).
We also have considerable expertise in: Copper; zinc and stainless steel.
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One of the attractions for the Northern European in Italy are the many fabulous buildings which so often appear to have a luminous and delicate lightness about them. For instance, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del fiore and the Duomo of Milan. By comparison, our native cathedrals and churches, built from local stone and subject to the scouring nature of wind and rain, may be thought of as the very rock of Christian principles whilst the renaissance architecture of Italy represents its aspirations and appear to float heavenwards. The style of the two traditions are, of course, dictated by the availability of materials and how those materials can be worked.
Marble is such a diverse stone it can be cut and sawn relatively easily into sheets, carved and polished. It was a surprise to discover that the roof of Milan’s famous Duomo was not clad in lead, as many Northern Europe churches, but in sheets of what looked like white Carrara marble, each one engineered by hand with a male profile on one edge and female on the other allowing each sheet to produce a water tight joint when lain side by side.
In Northern Europe, marble of any type is exceedingly rare and therefore very expensive.
Lead on the other hand was readily available and it was to this versatile metal that ecclesiastical architects turned to as a roofing material.
In many respects malleable lead, beaten and ‘dressed’ into form, may be thought of as crude when compared with luminous, translucent, marble with its pleasing veins and greater durability. But there is something about this dull-grey metal reflecting the dull-grey heavens above which has come to represent the colour and sombre nature of the cold north.
Though it was once popular for replicating the sublime statuary of Italy, lead could never enhance the human form as marble does. But lead is supremely functional in an asymmetrical sense, as a building material; it can go around curves and marble cannot.
It takes many years of practice and experience to handle and apply sheet lead; to burn – weld – lead is something that only the most experienced craftsmen can do.
At Sullivan Building and Restoration we are fortunate to have a wealth of skill and experience at hand.
Early in their careers both Martin and Tim Sullivan worked on some of the most iconic buildings in Britain and Europe. These include Cologne Cathedral; the Church of Christ the Cornerstone, in Milton Keynes; Westminster Abbey; York Minster; Beverley Minster; Calke Abbey; Staunton Harold hall; Keddlestone Hall, and humble parish churches such as St. Michael and All Saints in Cosby, Leicestershire.
The projects which we undertaken, however, are not all so grand as a Palace of State. Very often it is only a repair that is required to the roof of a humble village church.
This ridge repair (below) demonstrates the skill required in lead ‘burning’.
There are occasions too, when we are asked by architects, and curators such as English Heritage, to make faithful reproductions of sundry items that have, been damaged or even destroyed.
Items such as rainwater goods which we can make to order or even customise for the individual householder.
For your stately home, no matter how minor, Sullivan Building and Restoration will have a solution to your problem
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