Maintaining The Heritage Buildings In Singapore

One of the challenges for cities with heritage building is maintaining it. The public may think that a team of workers are just plastering and painting them whenever needed but painters in Hills District can attest that the work requires more than that. One good example is the Cathedral of St. Andrew constructed in the 1860s located in City Hall of Singapore.

A plaster repair is needed for the place of worship but they cannot start the work yet because they have to combine a lime-based mixture that is suitable for the structure. Trials are conducted by applying a small amount of the formula into a tiny area within the cathedrals structure. The trial was done over a year ago and there are a total of three lime-based formulas applied. The experts need time to see how the various plasters will react to the historic structure.

This process alone proves that trial and error is necessary for historical buildings along with a professional knowledge on how to do it.

The cathedral hired Dr. Yeo Kang Shua, the architectural conservation specialist working for the Singapore University of Technology and Design, to handle the trials.

The National Heritage Board or NHB recently published two new technical guides which can help owners and tenants of monuments on how to maintain their buildings.

The first guide is all about the responsibilities of the owners and tenants while the other guide discusses technical information regarding how to paint a monument.

For this year, it is expected that NHB will release guides on how to care for stained glass, signs and care and treatment when using Shanghai plaster.

NHB’s paint guide pointed out that the national monuments in Singapore are using three different coat of paints namely limewash, resin paint which is made of modern synthetic and mineral silicate paint which was discovered in Germany. The guide will be useful not just for those in Singapore but painters in Hills District will also learn a thing or two from it. The guide explained further that mineral paint is recommended because it helps the building breathe thus moisture is not retained in its walls.