Architectural Metalwork Conservation & Industrial Heritage Engineering

Welcome to Dorothea Restorations, the home of architectural ironwork restoration and industrial heritage engineering

We provide a range of specialist architectural ironwork services to a diverse client base, including architects, heritage bodies such as the National Trust and English Heritage, local authorities, museums, building contractors and private individuals.

Sculptural copper restoration, London
Architectural Metalwork Repairs - Tipton
Swindon Windmill conservation
Corbett Hospital Wrought Iron Gates - Completed
Wrought and Cast Iron Restoration, Camellia House Nottingham
New lead covered roof
New build victorian bandstand, Southwark Park
For anyone involved in the care and maintenance of architectural ironwork, historic structures or industrial heritage conservation, we deliver a unique and comprehensive range of conservation, repair and restoration services.

We apply the same traditional skills and craft to the creation of new-build architectural ironwork, including the reproduction of missing elements in historic settings.

Our craftsmen work with a wide range of materials including genuine wrought iron (‘puddled’), cast iron, steel, copper and copper alloys (brass and bronze), tin, zinc, lead and gilded / decorative finishes, as well as associated masonry, carpentry, joinery and glazing.

Our work can be found anywhere that demands the very highest standards
of craftsmanship: from architectural ironwork features (such as gates and railings, windows, verandahs and canopies, roof lights and domes, balustrades,
staircases and balconies) through to complete architectural structures (including iron bridges, conservatories and
glasshouses) and industrial heritage machinery (windmills, watermills, bandstands, and fountains).

Our aim is to provide 

  • Ethical Conservation, Please read our conservation policy.
  • Original ideas and robust engineering where supplying new mechanical devices.
  • Experience. The Directors jointly have 40 years practical experience on a diverse range of industrial heritage engineering and structural and architectural ironwork.
  • Viable contracts, fixed-price where possible, with areas of uncertainty identified in advance as far as practical.
  • Periodic reporting of expenditure relative to budget.
  • Personal service. We supervise or carry out each project personally, focusing on the details, and providing "instant action" emergency breakdown service if necessary.
  • Ongoing support, operator training, written guidelines, condition/safety surveys, planned maintenance, emergency call-out.

Click below to see some of our most recent projects:

For more detailed advice about caring for typical aspects of architectural metalwork:

For an insight into typical conservation and restoration techniques employed by us here at Dorothea Restorations:
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For advice on conserving traditional ironwork and machinery please contact us
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