All structures need to be maintained. The long-term conservation of ruins is dependent on finding a balance between expensive conservation techniques which may be sacrificial, or offer limited short-term durability and long-term measures such as reinstating missing roofs or wall plasters.
Condition survey reports should not simply provide advice for the short term, but should consider the long-term future of the site. Even if the advice extends beyond the client brief it is important to at least plant the seed of an idea or commitment for the future with the guardians of the site to bring a realisation and prevent possible unproductive expenditure on short-term measures which may be of limited use.
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