...All Saints Church, Hoby in Leicestershire is now complete. The last item on the list was the manufacture of a new memorial cross. We used re-purposed timber from what were thought to be coffin stands, carved lettering, decorated and fixed into position above an alcove in the South Aisle.
"We are delighted with all the work that has been done, the repair of so many odds and ends as well has been great. Not putting up with so many things not being quite right have now been sorted. We will have you back on another occasion to carry out further repairs to the floor"
...to commence our second project at Wolverton, repairing the listed Nursery building. Our works include re-roofing, replacing rooflights & rainwater goods, new lath and plaster ceiling, decorating and replacement floor coverings.
at our Royal Shakespeare Company project. We are delighted with the difference that the Doff and poultice cleaning has made to the facade. Just repairs and redecoration of the doors to complete.
...panels at the East end of the Chancel had warped and become detached from the timber frame
...found behind the screen, revealing it was re-purposed and came from a nearby village
...screen framework and re-fixed the linenfold panels
...props workshop and hub, we have been busy working on the facade. We commenced on site in January and are now looking forward to the grand reveal once scaffolding has been removed. Our recent works have included stone and joinery repairs, Doff and poultice cleaning of the brick and masonry.
...to the drainage system at St Peters Church in Northamptonshire, following delays caused by the Covid19 pandemic. We will be replacing existing gullies and introducing new gullies and connections to the main run. The blue brick channel will also be locally re-pointed. All below ground works will proceed under an archaeological watching brief.
...raises funds towards the upkeep of historic churches, chapels and meeting houses. We took part on Saturday 12th September, visiting 24 churches in Leicestershire, covering 80 miles on the bike. It was a pleasure to receive a warm welcome at each church and to play our small part in helping to preserve our heritage.
...but is now being regenerated and brought back to life to coincide with the 2021 City of Culture launch. We are undertaking significant alteration work to conserve Coventry's finest Regency building
We have completed this leaded light repair to All Saints Church nr Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. We removed the storm damaged window and boarded up. The window was then carefully bench repaired, re-fitted with new copper ties and the ferramenta redecorated
...at our Farm House project in the West Midlands. We are continuing to strip out redundant fixtures and fittings and remove defective plaster to ceilings and walls
...at the grade II* Drapers Hall in Coventry. Brick works and stone masonry are progressing well. 07.08.20 updated with more photos
... 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 access 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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