Specialist Brickwork

Despite being renowned for its durability, problems in brickwork can be very serious. They are often caused by subsidence, settlement or bowing, but more commonly are the result of poor or incorrect maintenance. Repointing with the wrong type of mortar, inappropriate cleaning by blasting or chemicals, or the application of water repellent coatings can all cause problems. Cement renders or even the wrong paint system can also cause problems to the interior and façade of the brickwork.

Structural repairs

Where cracks have appeared in the façade due to movement, heli bar fixings can be inserted into the bed joints every 4 courses to stabilise and strengthen the masonry.

Take down and rebuild

In certain cases there is no option but to take down failed brickwork and rebuild. Great care has to be taken in sourcing the correct bricks and that the correct bond is followed to match surrounding areas.


The two typical types of arches most common in brickwork are the semi circle and segmented arch. Both are formed using timber forms.


Keeping walls pointed is important. There are various types of brick pointing, the most popular are flush, Weather-struck, Penny-struck and tuck pointing

Brick repairs

Re facing of bricks using a coloured mortar, floated and joints cut in to match existing bond. The advantage of carrying out repairs in this way is the minimum disruption to the structure.


Our Italianate 1850's house had damp problems. A specialist surveyor told us the main problem was moisture being trapped behind defective cement render and the only real fix was to replace this with breathable lime render. We thought this would also be a good opportunity to restore missing decorative features, most of which had been lost when the building was converted into flats in the 1970s.

The Williams Restoration team took on the whole job, from removing the cement render through to re-decoration. There's no avoiding the fact that this type of work is messy and sometimes noisy, but they tried hard to minimise nuisance to ourselves and our neighbours. Where there were choices to be made, Craig discussed the options and their cost implications. Costs were generally kept in line with initial estimates. Some of the decorative work was quite demanding, such as running arches, pilasters, and string courses in situ, to match original features remaining on nearby houses. They did a good job, and the facade now looks very smart and authentic.

John Cottrell. 2014, Regents Park Road, London

Williams Restoration left the job looking very clean and tidy. I am very pleased with how they have cleaned the stone work. Would highly recommend.

Gary Brown. 2017, London

I cant fault the workmanship of Williams Restoration. The site was always left clean and tidy.

Dean Bowie. 2016, London

Williams Restoration were always extremely clean and tidy. They provided the project with a good finish.

Graham. London. 2016, Ewell

So pleased with the work that Williams Restoration completed on my restoration project. I felt at ease with their outstounding customer service and knowledge of the task at hand.

Wendy. 2016 , Oxford

Williams Restoration did a first rate job! Craig Williams is a truely skilled craftsman.

David. 2016, London

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