Maintenance can be defined as “Routine work necessary to keep the fabric of a place in good order” (Conservation Principles 2008).

The main objective of maintenance is to limit deterioration. Inspections carried out at regular intervals, coupled with prompt action to pre-empt or remedy problems, are the basis of effective maintenance.

Maintenance is cost-effective, the time and money spent on routine care, regular surveys and minor repairs protect the value of the building.

Good maintenance also helps to ensure the health and safety of building users and the general public.

Although it is often seen as mundane, maintenance forms a cornerstone of building conservation.