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Restoration of cultural heritage

Construction is an activity that has left a lasting legacy to humanity that we have the opportunity to admire again and again.

Inspired by this very fact, ING-GRAD was founded as a construction company whose activities include specialized works comprised of: restoration and reconstruction of monumental heritage of exceptional historical and artistic significance.

In more than 35 years of work on the restoration and reconstruction of the monumental heritage, we have been using all the advantages of modern construction methods, but also applying unique knowledge based on the techniques, skills and recipes of old crafts.

Castels, Palaces and Fortresses

In the cultural heritage restoration projects, we highlight the following works:

Static restoration

Most buildings of cultural or architectural heritage are brick buildings built of stone or brick wall elements connected with mortar, usually found in poor condition due to their age and inadequate maintenance. Therefore, before the renovation and final arrangement, it is necessary to carry out constructive restoration. The complexity of the historical buildings restoration requires the incompatibility of traditional and new materials and respect for their original existence, which is why the use of reinforced concrete is not recommended. The most favourable technique for repairing and strengthening such constructions has proved to be injection, i.e., stabilizing and closing cracks in damaged walls by injecting special injection compounds, applying reinforced cement or epoxy coatings on one or both sides of the wall, and pre-tensioning the walls.

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The arrangement and furnishing of the Veliki Tabor Castle were preceded by its structural rehabilitation, which included static restoration of the stone walls and vaults. The stone structure was stabilized and strengthened by injection with special injection mortars and additionally strengthened by the installation of steel braces, which at the same time secured the building from shakes.

Reconstruction and restoration of wooden roof structures

Roofs of monumental heritage buildings are usually wooden roofs with different types of covering, depending on the tradition of the climate in which the building is located. The reconstruction of such wooden roofs implies the replacement of individual elements or the complete structure with new wood, most often made of Slavonian oak or conifer, and the replacement of the covers.

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On the church of Sv. Marko (St. Mark), the symbol of the city of Zagreb, the reconstruction of the wooden roof was carried out with larch wood, and the covering was replaced with a new glazed tile made according to the original photo-geometric drawings of the builder Hermann Bollé. The new tile, like the original one, was made and delivered from Hungary.

Renovation and reconstruction of external and internal elements of the building

The renovation and reconstruction of the building includes the renovation of the external facade, the execution of profiles and stone plastic, the production of wooden joinery and everything that includes the restoration of the historical appearance and original condition. It is done according to conservation guidelines, which is why the restoration and reconstruction of the building is longer and requires specific materials, works and methods of execution.

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On the project of the Museum of Slavonia in Osijek, renovation works were carried out on the facade and facade of the building by making lime plaster according to the original recipe. All materials were prepared and produced on the construction site. The specific colour of the facade was achieved with natural pigments obtained from the ash of larch wood.

Craftsmanship works on the restoration of the monumental heritage

After the constructive rehabilitation and external decoration of the building, a series of delicate and demanding craftsmanship works usually follow, which must be carried out in the spirit and tradition of the construction of the climate in which the building is located.

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In addition to the fact that the area of ​​the Museum of Sinjska alka is arranged and equipped so that the modern museum and other equipment fit perfectly into the ambience of the old Venetian building, the wooden floor covering in the main hall, where there is a representation of the procession of Sinjska alka in real size, was made with a demanding and interesting technique that evokes the uneven surface of the Sinjska alka track.

more than80

renovated buildings

more than2000

year the age of the oldest restored building

Novigrad Lapidary, bell tower of the parish church of St. Pelagia and Maxima, Novigrad

City of Novigrad

Castels, Palaces and Fortresses

The Novigrad Lapidary with a unique collection of 93 stone monuments from the ancient and medieval periods is located on the ground floor of the Rigo Palace from the 15th to 18th centuries. The most important part of the collection are the early medieval stone monuments, among which Maurici's ciborium from the end of the 8th century stands out. It is one of the rare examples of Carolingian art in this area, which speaks of the role of Novigrad as the seat of the early Frankish administration during the time of Charlemagne, thus testifying to the importance of Istria and Croatia in the Western European context of the time. Bell tower of the parish church of St. Pelagia and Maxim was built by the Giorgia Giurco family business in 1883. This free-standing bell tower is 45 m high and is entirely built of carved stone blocks. In the lower zone, it is broken up by semi-circular doors and strengthened by buttress walls. The body of the belfry is divided by three narrow windows and the quadrant of the city clock and three horizontal cornices. The bell lodge is opened with trifora, and above it rises the pyramidal cap of the belfry modelled after that of St. Mark in Venice. At the very top of the pyramid is the statue of St. Pelagia, installed in 1913, made of wood and covered with bronze sheet.

Scaffolding with a total height of 42 m, the upper 13 m adjusted to the shape of the belfry pyramid, enabled access and restoration of the statue of St. Pelagia on top of the bell tower. The damaged stone blocks of the pyramid crowns were dismantled and replaced with suitable aged blocks, and the weakened places were injected with epoxy injection compound. The outer surfaces of the tower walls are protected with a hydrophobic coating.





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