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FEATURED PROJECTS

Some of our projects

Wyfold Court

Regular Maintenance

As we understand how important good maintenance of historic buildings is, it is an extraordinary project for us maintaining impressive Wyfold Court on a regular basis.

The house was built between 1874 and 1884, designed by George Somers Leigh Clarke for the Lancashire cotton magnate and Conservative politician Edward Hermon. Its style combines the Flamboyant period of French Gothic architecture with a touch of Scots Baronial.  The front façade has towers with corner turrets, gargoyles and traceried windows; its garden front has mullioned bay windows and brick gable (facing roof walls) with crocketed heraldic beasts.

 

This project requires us to

 

  • Maintain roof and gutters

  • Inspect drains and gully

  • Inspect masonry

  • Provide written reports

 

Greys Court

National Trust

It has been a great honour to be a part of maintaining the history for National Trust grounds.​

From a Tudor Show House to 20th-century family home, Greys Court has only been inhabited by five families in its long history. The mansion today is a patchwork of styles that hint at the various fortunes and tastes of the occupants.

Greys Court has a history going back over 9 centuries. The estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but the earliest part of the estate is the Norman Great Tower, built in the late 11th or early 12th century, Grade I listed building. The tower is all that remains of the original fortified manor on his site.

When we were asked to take on the challenge of rebuilding and repairing key parts of this historic Norman Great Tower we did so with pride.

Moulsford

Private Home

On this project, we were asked to build the flint panels.

The house is an ECO-Friendly timber-framed building, clad in brick and flint to achieve a traditional appearance.

The flint was chalk flint knapped and coursed laid in an Nhl 3.5 MIX.

Random flints were laid unknapped with a chalk face to blend into surrounding flint work.

All the flint was knapped on site by us and carefully selected for each panel.

 

The following works were carried out on this project:

  • Flint knapping

  • Mortar mixing

Monks Risborough Dovecote

West of St Dunstan's Church

The Dovecote is a Grade II listed building with coursed Rubble Clunch/chalk with flint and tile, large dressed stone at quoins with a small semi-circular stone arch over the door. Finished off with a pyramid tile roof, this unique dovecote was thought to date from the late 16th century. The main purpose was to help encourage pigeons and discourage birds of prey. The dovecote nested over 200 nest boxes.

 

On this particular project the following tasks were accomplished:

 

  • Rebuild sections of failed cluch

  • Remove loose lime and re-point

  • Lime shelter coat

  • Install lightning conductor

  • Clean out inside of the dovecote

Princes Risborough

Market House

The Market House is a Grade II listed building dating back to the early 17th century in the heart of Princes Risborough. When we first visited the market house it had fallen into disrepair and was in desperate need of full refurbishment.

 

Working alongside the town council and local community groups we managed to bring it back to its former, pre-war glory, whilst managing to preserve the history of the building.

 

The following works were carried out:

 

  • Removing sand and cement and Re pointing in our HOT MIX

  • Rebuilding various Areas of the Brickwork to match

  • Extensive Structural work has taken place internally

 

Newbold College

Masonry Repairs 

Newbold College is a late 19th-century, Grade II listed building with an early 20th-century formal garden.

This particular project required the following works to be carried out:

  • Completely re-lay mosaic stone pattern in the Sylvia garden

  • Repair circular steps in Sylvia's garden

  • Re-lay york stone patio with brick surround

  • Rebuild decorative parapet wall

 

St. Peter and St. Paul

Shiplake Church 

St. Peter and St. Paul Shiplake Church is the 13th-century Grade II* listed church, which shows its importance to the local history.

On this project, we had to rebuild the stone quoins and flint work for the main entrance.

Ewelme

Stone wall

Stone and lime were the predominant materials used in the construction of walls in the 19th century. These walls are often ancient, having stood for hundreds of years, requiring a repair or rebuild to keep them in a good state to preserve them for future generations.

The owners were keen to rebuild stone boundary wall.

Rebuild stone boundary wall

 

Purley

Curved wall​

This work comprised rebuild of a retaining wall in HG Mathews Handmade Bricks using hydraulic lime mortar.

 

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