Conservation


We have been actively involved in the conservation of historic buildings for many years. Our work to date includes 5 Grade I listed buildings, 5 Grade II* listed buildings and numerous Grade II listed buildings and we have received awards for conservation and craftsmanship.

Conservation of Grade II Listed Barn, Suffolk
Conservation work includes mediaeval oak frame and infill panels, plasterwork including decorative and sculpted interior plaster and external rendering including pargetting, historic brick and stonework, roofing work of all materials including slate, tile (peg, plain and pantile), lead, stainless steel, copper, thatch (both straw and reed), repairs to windows including leaded lights and sourcing hand-made glass, preservation of wall papers, wall panelling, floor finishes including timber boards, brick, tile (including encaustic), stone, staircases, chimneys and chimney pieces, strengthening of buildings without detectable disturbance of historic finishes in the finished work (including underpinning and superstructure failures), installation of mechanical (heating and plumbing) and electrical services into historic buildings, reversion to original floor layouts where intruded walls, floors and ceilings are removed and the finishes restored according to the cues left by original finishes or other evidence of original finishes...and so on.
Our expertise led to our being chosen to spearhead the restoration of buildings designed by a British architect in 1895 damaged in the Great Hansin Earthquake which hit Kobe, Japan, in 1995.
Conservation of Grade II Listed Barn, Suffolk
Restoration of Grade II Listed House, Suffolk - before
Restoration of Grade II Listed House, Suffolk - after
Conservation of Mediaeval Grade II*  Listed House, Essex
Rebuilding of lost chimneys on Grade II* Listed Mediaeval House, Essex
Replacement of rotten timbers in Mediaeval Oak Frame of Grade II* Listed House
Rebuilt chimney on Grade II* Listed Mediaeval House, Essex
Conservation of Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk
Conservation of 400 year old Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk - before
Conservation of 400 year old Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk - after
Conservation of 400 year old Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk - repairs
Restoration mullion window and lost timber frame in Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk
Underfloor heating being installed in Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk
Reinstatement of brick-up window in Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk
Major restoration Grade II* Listed House including conserving and strengthening Bas-relief c.1600 plaster ceiling
Repairs and replacement of the oak and timber frame in Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk
Major restoration of Grade II* Listed House, Suffolk
Major renovation of Grade II* Listed House, including conservation of mediaeval wall paintings
Conservation of mediaeval attic in Grade II Listed House, Suffolk - before
Conservation of mediaeval attic in Grade II Listed House, Suffolk - during
Conservation of mediaeval attic in Grade II Listed House, Suffolk - after
Conservation of  Grade II Listed Barn, Essex - before
Conservation of  Grade II Listed Barn, Essex - after
Example of the new frieze and cornice manufactured in the UK from moulds taken from the originals.  These were transported to Japan and installed by British Craftsmen employed by us.
British craftsmen working on the restoration of the Choueke Ijinkan Museum, damaged in the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Kobe, Japan, in 1995
The Choueke Ijinkan Museum was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent
Constructing a new creche, kitchen and access WC facilities at Grade I Listed St Martin’s Church, Tuddenham St. Martin, including removal of the Arts and Crafts porch.
The new extension at Grade I Listed St Martin’s Church, Tuddenham St. Martin. The Arts and Crafts porch was carefully dismantled and some of the materials were reused in the new construction.
The creche, kitchen and access WC facilities at Grade I Listed St Martin’s Church, Tuddenham St. Martin. The backlit oak panelled ceiling, new mullioned window, the oak joinery and encaustic tiled floor are all new.
Grade I Listed Bower House was completely repaired and restored including re-roofing, installing new dormer windows and removing intruded stud walls to reinstate the original floor plan.  The work also included conservation of wall paintings.
One of the completed rooms at Grade I Listed Bower House
New overmantle, fireplace, cornice and skirting in Grade I Listed House, Essex
Conservation of Grade I Listed Harwich Town Hall including structure repairs, black tuck pointing of brickwork and  refurbishment of the Coat of Arms
Grade II Listed Barn renovation, Essex - before
Grade II Listed Barn renovation, Essex - after
Grade II Listed Barn renovation, Essex - before
Grade II Listed Barn renovation, Essex - after
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