...our giant Haki stair access tower comes with some wonderful views!
...at Blenheim Palace! Scaffolding has commenced to provide hidden access to the Workroom Heights roof. Funded by the government's culture recovery fund, we will be carrying out emergency repairs to the lead gutters. The works require carpentry, slating and possibly structural repairs. The scaffold is being erected in an internal courtyard, therefore all materials are being carefully brought through an internal corridor.
...in Great Linford at the brick kilns. The photos show the Eastern kiln, which is one of two remaining brick kilns dating back to the mid 1800s. We are cutting out the cementitious mortar and damaged bricks, in order to reinstate with new matching bricks, pointed with lime mortar.
...and the scaffolding has been removed at St Marys Church in Oxfordshire. The lower photo shows the replacement coping stones to the North Nave along with window hood moulds and string course to the clerestory. We capped the string course with lead, re-dressed the hopper heads and fabricated and installed a new lead downpipe and shoe. The metal ties and straps were repaired and redecorated. Similar works have also been completed to the South clerestory. Our team of carpenters are busy finishing off repairs to the seven Nave trusses
...at our latest project in Northamptonshire. We will be conserving the facades, roof and internal spaces.
...during a site visit to review our next project there.
...of the quinquennial inspection repairs at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Wolverhampton. We have finished the pitched roof slate repairs and renewed two flat roofs with mastic asphalt. We are now putting the finishing touches to the new Confessional entrance and new steps into the Sacristry.
...have been carefully conserving the structure of St Marys Church in Oxfordshire. The carpenters have been busy working on the Nave roof, carrying out truss, purlin and rafter repairs. The stone masons have been cutting out damaged stones to the parapet and clerestory and re-decorating the iron tie bars and straps.
...the brick kilns at Great Linford date back to the early 19th Century. We have been awarded the contract to conserve the kilns over a 16 week period.
...in undertaking essential conservation work at Blenheim Palace, thanks to the Government's Culture Recovery Fund https://www.blenheim.org/news/emergency-roof-repairs-culture-recovery-fund/
...in Wolverhampton. We are repairing and replacing roof coverings and improving access into the church.
...is underway at our project at St Marys Church in Oxfordshire. Truss repairs are have commenced, along with cutting out joints and damaged stone.
...we are delighted to be conserving "Birmingham's Finest Church", as described by John Betjeman. The church has withstood war time bombing, arson and even a 135mph tornado in 2005. Our works will include roof repairs, brickwork re-pointing and repair of rainwater goods.
...to our project at the RSC Props Workshop and Hub. We have installed hardwood weatherboards with threshold water bars to the two doors.
...we are now focused on conserving and repairing the external facade of Drapers Hall in Coventry.
...have now been replaced at our project in Wolverton. We have also installed new cast iron internal rainwater goods. The lath and plaster ceilings have commenced, with decoration and replacement floor coverings to follow.
...at grade I listed St Marys Church in Oxfordshire. We will be repairing the timber roof structure of the Nave, along with plaster repairs and re-decoration. Externally, we will be piecing in stone replacements to the parapets, string course and windows.
...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, rooflights & rainwater goods, new lath and plaster ceilings, decoration 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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