John Cradock Ltd have developed an expertise in heritage works, specifically heritage masonry, having worked on strengthening, repair and upgrade works on listed structures and national monuments throughout the country.

Overview of Heritage Experience

Working on heritage structures entails very different and specific requirements from working on standard structures, including;

  • Understanding of conservation theory
  • Acknowledging and respecting the value of the structures and their place within our communities and environment
  • Working with different representatives such as Conservation Architects and Heritage Officers
  • Flexible and adaptable approach is vital – with these structures different challenges and issues often arise as the works progress – having the capability and processes to deal with these changes, without any negative impact on the project as whole is key

JCL have successfully delivered technically and operationally challenging refurbishment projects, without losing sight of the very specific heritage requirements, on national monuments and listed structures such as;

  • Slane Bridge, Co. Meath (13 arch masonry bridge dating from 1776)
  • Beallaclugga Bridge, Co. Clare (cut stone, lancet arch bridge dating from 1824)
  • Listowel Bridge, Co. Kerry (5 arch bridge over River Feale, dating from 1829)
  • Macroom Bridge, Co. Cork (5 arch bridge over River Sullane, dating from 1780)
  • Whitworth Aqueduct, Co.Longford (5 arch bridge carrying Royal Canal, dating from 1815)
  • Caragh Bridge, Co.Kildare (6 arch bridge over River Liffey, dating from 1750)

These projects require JCL to maintain and continuously our knowledge and expertise in this area – we have a number of staff trained in Conservation Theory and only work with specialist conservation specialist subcontractors on projects of this nature


JCL are a registered Heritage Contractor for Masonry Structures (certified by CIF Register of Heritage Contractors). Our accreditation can be viewed/downloaded here