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RENOVA – Renova Sp z o.o., Warsaw (Poland)
RENOVA Ltd - the atelier of conservation and restoration of historic monuments - was established in 1998 by its present owner Konrad Grabowski, and is a continuation of his activity as a freelance restorer since 1988. Presently RENOVA employs 20 staff members qualified in the conservation of works of art, sculpture, stuccowork, gilding and stonemasonry. The technical staff comprises also a construction site manager and an art historian responsible for the documentation. The company is well equipped to carry out conservation projects including scaffoldings and means of transportation. The company’s main focus is on comprehensive restoration projects, especially on historic facades with elaborate decorations in stucco, stone or ceramic bricks.
The accomplished restoration projects comprise: the facade of St. Anne church in Warsaw, historic buildings of the Warsaw University, interiors of the Royal Painting Academy, a part of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the heritage industrial complexes of the waterworks in Warsaw and paper mill in Konstancin near Warsaw (for which the company received the award of the best national restoration of 2004), several country houses and their park pavilions in Poland. The company collaborated also on creating the Europa Park in Rust near Freiburg, Germany. Since 2006 the company has been engaged in the conservation of interiors of the Teutonic Castle in Malbork, Poland, World Heritage Site, and of the Cistercian Monastic Complex in Goscikowo-Paradyz, also Poland. The company has a considerable experience in conserving and reconstructing stucco works, especially manufacturing of the architectural castings, also using Roman cements.
Short profile of the principal investigators of RENOVA in the project
Dr. Konrad GRABOWSKI
RENOVA Sp. z o.o.
PRACOWNIA KONSERWACJI I REWALORYZACJI OBIEKTÓW ZABYTKOWYCH
UL. PIĘKNA 47
tel./fax.: + 48 022 625 65 83
phone: + 48 022 622 27 92
phone: +48 604 632 524
Dr. Konrad Grabowski graduated in restoration and conservation from the Department of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, in 1985. He has qualifications in stone and architectural conservation certified by the Museum of Culture and Art, State Service for the Monument Protection and Department of Architecture of the Warsaw Technical University. He is a member of several professional organisations. Sine 1988 a freelance restorer with a considerable record of accomplished conservation works on stone sculptures, architectural details, stuccoworks and metal elements, preparatory studies elaborating conservation strategies and programmes, management of conservation teams. Since 1998, he is the owner and the principal conservation expert of RENOVA Sp z o.o.
Role in the Project
The principal role of RENOVA within ROCARE will be to carry out testing and application trials of the Roman cements produced by the project, both in the workshop and on-site (WP 2); further, RENOVA will perform on-site restoration works based on the Roman cement technology developed for the demonstration purposes (WP 3), provide the end-user perspective and expectations to the Roman cement producers and collaborate with other project partners on organising the national workshop in Poland.