...at the grade II* Drapers Hall in Coventry. Brick works and stone masonry are progressing well.
... mid 19c farm house back to life for a private client in the West Midlands. Initially, we are undertaking extensive clearance work to strip back decayed fixtures and fittings and making safe for further investigation.
...of our recently completed project to a Staffordshire church. This is the brick drainage channel reformed and laid with York stone paving to the North side of the Tower. Scroll down below for photographs of the carved stone finials installed to the Tower and Vestry.
commenced on site at the grade II* Drapers Hall in Coventry. Our project includes extensive masonry and brick works and both internal and external steam cleaning. A stone's throw from the old Cathedral, the hall survived war time bombing and has remained unaltered since Victorian times.
continue to the roof of the Costume Workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon
22.06.20 DOFF Stone Cleaning...
to brick and masonry is now well underway at our Freemens Cottages project in Leicester. This steam cleaning is gently removing contaminants and dirt that have built up over the last 125 years.
...are progressing well at our Staffordshire project, despite the challenging weather conditions.
...and now fitted to the top of the tower and vestry to a Staffordshire church. We will also be installing a new brick paved/York stone drainage channel and other masonry works.
...at our project in Wolverton. The lantern has been decorated and windows are operable. We are now applying the finishing touches, prior to removal of scaffolding.
...to be back on site at Freemens Cottages in Leicester following updated Covid 19 procedures. In 1107, Robert, Count of Meulen, granted to the Merchants of Leicester a Charter, allowing them to reform the Guild of Merchants and to carry out their business with the same rights and privileges that they had enjoyed before the Norman Conquest. Over the years the gildsmen became known as the Freemen and until 1835 they were the local government of the borough. Just prior to 1835, the Freemen were granted land to the south of Leicester under the Enclosure Acts and with the granting of the land, further legislation empowered the Freemen to elect a Board of deputies to manage their estates. Freeman's Cottages were built in two main phases in 1856 and 1893 to provide accommodation for the aged Freemen and Freemen's widows.
...at our school project in Wolverton. We have installed new casement windows and are repairing the existing windows. The metal operating gear has been dismantled and undergoing refurbishment. We have repaired the slate roof and installed new lead hips and cill apron. Next steps are to glaze, decorate and re-fit the winding gear.
...in the last few months. Structural roof repairs at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, gate pillar repair and rebuild at the Leicester School of Business, fountain repair in Birmingham, masonry repairs to a Shropshire church and re-roofing at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
As principal contractor, the project involves a little bit of everything; internal and external scaffold access, asbestos sampling, joinery, carpentry, glazing, roofing, metalwork refurbishment, internal works and decoration. The lantern will either be repaired or replaced.
We have locally sourced joinery grade timber boards for our Blenheim Palace project after our usual supplier closed. They were untreated, so the preservative was applied by hand. We are "virtually" signing in and out and meeting via "teams" and "zoom". Working at home is second nature to us, but now we must do it whilst balancing childcare. We are fortunate that the nature of our projects mean we can implement Covid19 RAMs and social distancing. We are starting new projects and continue to tender for future work. It is a challenge, but we believe with some ingenuity and hard work we can continue to operate safely, conserve our heritage and support the economy
...to have commenced work at "Britain's Greatest Palace"; Blenheim. We are extremely proud to be conserving part of this World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Our project involves scaffold access, re-casting the existing lead, repairs and alterations to the timber sub structure and associated masonry works to the Stable Tower.
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