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Eshton Hall restoration shortlisted for RICS Awards 2018 Print E-mail

The restoration works at Eshton Hall which were carried out throughout 2017 have been short-listed for the RICS Awards 2018 in the Building Conservation Category!

Grade II Listed Eshton Hall has existed on these grounds in North Yorkshire for hundreds of years, possibly as far back as 1200’s. Situated on the outskirts of Gargrave in North Yorkshire, the main hall was burnt to the ground in late 1500’s with the new main building and its impressive tower built in early 1600’s.

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Are you considering improved lighting? Discuss the options with Anthony J Smith (Glos) Ltd Print E-mail

St Wilfrid’s RC Parish Church in Preston city centre is a Grade Two*-listed Jesuit church which draws a substantial number of worshippers throughout the week. It is basilican in form and Italianate in style, with a particularly ornate and impressive interior carried out in exotic materials. Frank Roberts of Preston-based Francis Roberts Architects said of the interior: “Ranks of giant columns of polished Shap granite, topped with gilded composite capitals, define the nave, which terminates in a semi-domed and coffered apse. The aisle walls are lined in rich marbles and mosaics and there is an impressive display of stained glass.”

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Dorothea Restorations complete conservation of new gaol gates at Wapping Wharf Print E-mail

As part of the regeneration of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, Dorothea Restoration has now completed the conservation of the new gaol gates which stand at the southern end of the site. The Grade II listed Gatehouse is to form a new pedestrian path to lead into this interesting and vibrant site of new homes and businesses.

Here is a snapshot of some of its history, built between 1816 & 1820 to replace the medieval Newgate prison north of the Castle. It was designed to resemble a castle fortification with an imposing gatehouse and mock portcullis. The gatehouse doubled as a stage for holding public hangings, with a trap-door built into it, through which the condemned were dropped.

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BLM announces photo competition winner Print E-mail

BLM has announced the winner of its inaugural photo competition held to discover the most authentic and diverse aspects of lead in situ.

The competition invited roofing and leadwork contractors to submit images of lead sheet used in a variety of roofing applications from impressive and inspiring projects.Kevin Bennett from K&M Leadwork Ltd was awarded first prize for his restoration of the village hall clock tower in Goring-on-Thames (pictured).

Kevin was appointed by the trustees of Goring-on-Thames Parish Council to undertake the replacement of the iconic local landmark and work to remove the original lead roof began in April 2016. The roof had lasted well but some of the lead detailing required altering to prevent its earlier failure, where the post arms meet the clock tower, from reoccurring. It took Kevin a total of 47 days spread over three months to finish the job due to the fact that the village hall was in use and there were times when no noise was permitted.

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NFTMMS member renovates historic ceramic mosaic floor at major stately home Print E-mail

Restoring the historic ceramic mosaic floor in the game larder at one of the UK’s leading historic houses has been undertaken by National Federation of Terrazzo, Marble and Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS) member JW Restoration.

According to Federation spokesperson Brian James, this exemplifies the quality of the skills and craftsmanship of NFTMMS members which can produce the most spectacular results.

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ISCEx 2018: full details announced Print E-mail

Details have been released of the programme for this year’s ISCEx – the annual exhibition and networking event hosted by the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers.

ISCEx 2018 will be held on 6-7 March at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire and will provide excellent opportunities to learn, engage and discuss commercial audio solutions in an intimate, non-imposing environment.

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Another brick in an historic Yorkshire wall – 50 years later Print E-mail

A leading Yorkshire brickmaker is currently helping to rebuild an historic two-mile estate wall near York.

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company, based at Alne, near Easingwold, is restoring the iconic Allerton Park estate wall - 50 years after chairman David Armitage helped to repair the very same wall.

York Handmade is working with Keighley-based building contractor R N Wooler to deliver the project.

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Six fears and myths about the woodcarving industry Print E-mail

After the modernism that followed the war, no one expected we'd see hand-carved ornamentation in our architecture again, writes Master Carver Ian Agrell. Yet here it is. We’re enjoying a resurgence in classical decoration, whether it's a restoration of a 400-year-old church, a brand-new chapel with a Gothic organ case, or a Louis XIV-style library for a billionaire's London penthouse.

Large architectural firms are increasingly winning projects requiring hand-carved woodwork. However, many of these companies—especially those more experienced in modern styles—know little about classical decoration or the ornamentation industry as a whole. They might not know that woodcarving workshops still exist.

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Lost wall paintings restored at Church of the Sacred Heart, Caterham Print E-mail

The Church of the Sacred Heart, Caterham, Surrey contains a significant scheme of wall paintings by Joseph Aloyisius Pippet (1840-1903) executed for the Hardman Company between 1890 and 1892. Over the years they had become damaged by water ingress, movement of soluble salts, abrasive cleaning, modern varnish application and over-painting with impermeable paints.

In November 2015 Hirst Conservation undertook the investigation, analysis and trials of the painted decoration to the Sanctuary and Lady Chapel prior to starting a major programme of conservation and restoration in 2016. Works included the removal of damaging overlying paints to the Lady Chapel and to the Sanctuary dado and lime mortar repairs, as well as consolidation, cleaning and reintegration of losses to the Sanctuary upper wall paintings.

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Church video system for Church of the Good Shepherd, Surrey Print E-mail

Newtech Southern was asked to submit a proposal for replacing the church video and audio system at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Surrey. After several meetings to ensure that the new system design was adequate to meet the needs of the church Newtech was awarded the contract to design, install and commission a new audio visual system.

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Yorkshire churches' artworks benefit from an expert touch Print E-mail

Based in Harrogate, Everingham Conservation provides a high-quality service for the conservation and restoration of fine art and decorative surfaces. David Everingham trained at the University of Northumbria, where he gained an MA in the conservation of fine art.

David worked at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and several galleries in Britain before setting up his own studio. He currently divides his time between studio-based conservation work and freelance conservation work in historic buildings throughout Britain. He has considerable experience of large-scale conservation projects in historic buildings and churches. Two of his recent projects were carried out in churches in Yorkshire.

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New AV system helps church become community hub Print E-mail

Churchgoers at Littleover Methodist Church near Derby are hoping their new £1.9m base will become a hub of the community. The renovated church boasts a new sports hall, cafe, two function rooms, a prayer room and dedicated pre-school area - as well as a tank for rain water harvesting.

On top of all this it also has a linked sound and AV system so that services can be heard in rooms throughout the building.

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Historic clock paves the way for future expertise Print E-mail

Turret clock and Harrison specialist, Chris McKay, last month worked alongside apprentices from clockmakers Smith of Derby to restore the James Harrison of Hull's clock which arrived at the company's Derby workshop on 22nd December.

The preliminary analysis of the clock marks the first step towards a restoration which will see the piece reinstalled at the Derby Silk Mill as part of their renovation to become the Museum of Making 2020.

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