We are pleased to welcome Tom Parkinson to our team as Architectural Technologist. Tom has a degree in Architectural Technology from Leeds Beckett University. Tom is a keen ice hockey player and also enjoys restoring furniture in his spare time.
We were also joined by Joris Vreesrijk in October who is from Loughborough University where he is studying for a degree in Architecture and working with us for his 'year out'.
Also in October Peter McFarlane retired as our consultant - we thank him for his support and wish him and Patsy a happy retirement.
Scarlett has now started studying for her Masters degree at Nottingham Trent University - this means that she will be at university on Monday and Tuesday during term times.
Bromley House Library
We're delighted to have been re-appointed by the Trustees of the Bromley House Library in Nottingham to help lead their restoration and development projects. Bromley House Library is an outward looking private members library that is now over 200 years old and has occupied the Grade II* listed Bromley House since 1820. The building dates from 1752 and provides a fine backdrop to the activities of the library as well as having rich heritage. However, the building is in need of repairs and happily Historic England have offered grant aid towards urgent roofing repairs. Longer-term plans include the introduction of a lift and improvement and upgrading of facilities.
Craft Fair at Southwell Minster
We're delighted to confirm that we'll be at the Heritage Craft Fair on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Southwell Minster. The event is being organised by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust in its 50th anniversary year. The event will be a chance to meet craftspeople and see craft skills related to historic building work in a fantastic setting. We'll also have a stand where you'll be able to ask any questions about historic building conservation or development - and we'll do our best to answer them! The event is free and runs from 10am until 4pm.
Churches Conservation Trust
We are delighted to be currently working with the Churches Conservation Trust in the conservation and repair of one of their new vestings, St. Botolph's Church in Wardley, Rultand. We are also pleased to have been appointed as inspecting architects to a number of the Trust's churches in the East Midlands and look forward to working with the Trust in their care.
HLF Grant Success for Grimston
We are very pleased to confirm that St. John's Church. Grimston in Leicestershire has been awared a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the repair of the tower, renewal of below-ground drainage and other repairs. Funding for heritage activities focusing on the ancient clock that resides inside the church is also a part of the project. We have worked with the PCC of St. John's in the past and are delighted to have been re-appointed to work on the new HLF funded project following a competitive tendering exercise.
And another HLF Grant Success - Measham Church
Following rapidly from the news about the grant success for St. John's, Grimston, we are also delighted to have been re-appointed as Lead Professional for St. Laurence's Church at Measham in Leicestershire following the award of a Heritage Lottery Grant. The windows of St. Laurence's Church contain a mixture of fine Victorian glass, but also some important surviving mediaeval glass - the glass is vulnerable owing to the decayed state of window tracery and urgent restoration is needed - restoration of tower stonework is also needed, and repairs to the stone roof and vault of the south porch. The grant from the HLF will also allow for the creation of improved access for people with disabilities, and better welcome facilities for all.
Lead Thefts from Church Roofs
Lead thefts are continuing from church roofs with further thefts in the Leicester Diocese in the last week. Please continue to ask people to be vigilant. In a recent theft, CCTV recorded three men entering a churchyard at midnight, with a white van with some markings arriving for 5 minutes at 3am to remove the removed lead from the churchyard.
The first deadline for the Church Security Grant Scheme has now passed, but there will be a second round of funding in the spring. Please see the following link for further information about grants for improving church security: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme
We are very pleased to have been appointed as consulting architects to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, the ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Belvoir Castle was first founded in Norman times, rebuilt after the Civil War and again in the late C18th and early C19th. The castle commands fine views across the Vale of Belvoir and is a landmark for many miles. We look forward to working with Their Graces the Duke and Duchess and with others in the care and maintenance of the castle building.
R.C. Diocese of Nottingham Surveys of Historic Churches
We are also delighted to have been awarded the contract by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham to undertake condition surveys to the majority of Listed churches within the Diocese. We have also been appointed to carry out the condition surveys at Mount St. Bernard Abbey. The Diocese stretches from the edge of Greater Manchester to the Wash, and from the Humber to the bottom of Leicestershire and so we look forward to surveying many beautiful church buildings across the East Midlands.