Welcome to the leading UK specialist in Architectural Metalwork Restoration

Dorothea Restorations provide the care and maintenance of high calibre architectural ironwork and the conservation of historic structures and industrial heritage. We deliver a unique and comprehensive range of conservation, repair and restoration services across the UK.

Our engineering specialists apply traditional skills and craft to the creation of new-build architectural metalwork and the reproduction of missing elements in historic settings.

Our crafts team work with a wide range of materials including genuine wrought iron, 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 high calibre metalwork 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) to complete architectural structures including iron bridges, conservatories, bandstands, fountains and glasshouses, and industrial heritage machinery (windmills, watermills).

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 over 40 years of practical experience in 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 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: