A. Architectural Documentation
In order to enhance the understanding of the several monuments standing within the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, an exhaustive architectural documentation exercise was undertaken in 2012.
- As a precursor to the architectural documentation an inventory or ‘listing’ of structures standing within the Heritage Park was carried out. 72 structures were recorded. It was noted that the nomination dossier commissioned by the State Government had listed only 16 structures.
- Architectural documentation of over 50 structures standing on the site was carried out in 2012 along with locating them on the site topographical map also commissioned in 2012.
- Architectural Plans at ground, inter mediate and roof levels, elevations of all sides and necessary section along with photo documentation was prepared for all principal structures as well as for most minor structures comprising tombs, step wells, enclosure walls, grave platforms and mosques.
- Over 2000 architectural drawings – including condition assessments, compiled in 5 volumes were thus prepared.
- Additional drawings such as details of stucco plasterwork as well as any required rectifications will be carried out for all structures as conservation works commence on individual buildings.
02. Condition Assessment
Following the architectural documentation of the structures, a condition assessment on the basis of visual inspection was carried out in 2012. This was required, together with other studies and research, to determine the appropriate conservation approach.
- A detailed condition assessment of the monuments was done for every structure within the complex which comprised of tomb structures, step wells, enclosure walls, grave platforms and mosques.
- While documenting, most of the monuments were found to be in a poor state with various issues i.e., vegetation growth, water seepage, graffiti etc.
- A condition map was made marking the monuments that required immediate attention in the descending order and were marked on a map.
- An analysis of the condition assessment coupled with a study of archival records and photographs revealed that the final layers of plaster as well as much of the stucco plasterwork on most monuments dated from the 19th century. On the basis of the condition assessment it was observed that the monuments suffered similar patterns of material decay and structural defects.
- Cost estimates for conservation works were prepared for the significant monuments on the basis of the architectural documentation and condition assessment.