It’s a hockey thing at RGS

We refurbished the hockey pitch surround recently ready for the new season. The boards had become worn, warped and broken from years of use. The new surrounds have smartened the pitch up no end and have been finished and wrapped in fake turf to help protect the wood, soften the pace of rebounding balls and also reduce noise when ball meets wood at approx. 60miles per hour. We also made sure we kept the grass area where we gained access as tidy as possible. With the success of GB hockey in Rio 2016 the newly refurbished hockey pitch should get plenty of use. If you need a sports facility refurbished, do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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New beginnings with an old building

DM Building & Restoration are proud to announce that they will be doing some exciting work at Royal Grammar School Guildford. A wonderful school and a wonderful building steeped in history - we are very excited about starting work with them and look forward to showing the results online soon. Below is more about the history of the school and should explain our eagerness to get to work. The School was set up in 1509 after Robert Beckingham, a Freeman of the City of London, left a bequest in his will to establish a free school in Guildford. In 1512, Beckingham's executors formerly conveyed the lands in the bequest to a body of trustees consisting of the Mayor of Guildford and four 'sad and discrete men' who had formerly been mayors. With the rents they were to provide a free grammar … Continue reading

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Gratitude from The Gatehouse

DM Building and Restoration have received a grateful letter, full of thanks for their fantastic work on a project in Salisbury. DMBR repaired extensive flood damage including doors, walls, flooring and oak beams, on a very old, precious and fragile property. Lady Ibbs The Gatehouse of the North Canonry Salisbury, Wilts.  9 October 2014 Dear Duncan, Now that the work on our undercroft is finished, I wanted to write to thank you very much for the excellent service provided by you and your team. Everyone (whether builders, carpenters, painters, tilers, electricians or plumbers) was pleasant and polite, arrived on time, did excellent work, left things clean and tidy – and enjoyed classical music! I appreciated your understanding of the fabric of our ancient building, knowing the right methods and materials to use, managing the whole project from start to finish, and not … Continue reading

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Royal Hospital, Haslemere

After on-going investigations and with the Bursar’s consent we set about the unique task of restoring the 1920’s porch back to the former glory days of time gone by. The challenging aspects of the timber pillar replacement was to copy the fluted shape and contours that would genuinely match the remaining three pillars. This was done with the skill and care of our craftsmen and was neatly slotted into place over the period of a day. A fine example of old skills still being used at the forefront of modern technology. No CAD and no computerised programmes were used in re-producing the matching pillar – just reliable time-served craftsmanship and patience.

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Director Duncan Mason explains the company ethos and talks about working with buildings from different periods.

Our simple ethos is that if the work fits the period, why change it? We appreciate the skills and designs of Architects and Designers from the past and in the future. From a hand-made brick to a forged steel joist – each has its own place in the architectural spectrum. We embrace the skills of yesteryear, brickwork, plastering and carpentry – tried and tested in every aspect. We have worked on buildings that dated back to Henry VIII’s reign and indeed have copied the hand-applied wattle and daub on wicker hurdles, which were the 16th Century form of plasterboard! We have saved ceilings from collapse by using Hessian and plaster of Paris to bond the ceilings into a stiff section. Our general impression is that the Georgian Period was the most advanced in architectural design and symmetrical design – probably … Continue reading

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