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

building-restorationOur 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 our favourite category to work on due to the attractive buildings and detailing. This would be closely followed by the Victorian era where detail was everything, be it carpentry, brassware or stone-worked masonry. We are blessed in this country that so many of the properties remain in good condition thanks mainly to the professional organisations that protect the buildings, which are monuments to our ancestral designers and architects.

Some are not quite so fortunate – and that is where we step in! Our experience and approach to all aspects of restoration makes us one of the regions best choices for all types of project be it large or small, Grade2 listed or neo-modernistic – the same rule qualifies the project and places it in the care of a truly professional company.