Winter at Kelmscott Manor, Spring at Royal William Yard
We have had a productive winter and start to spring, collaborating on a diverse range of projects. We have helped resolve problems in museums, churches and industrial heritage, recently constructed health centres and private residences. It was lovely to finish 2017 by undertaking a timber condition assessment at the 16th-century Kelmscott Manor, the inspirational Cotswold retreat of designer, writer and social activist, William Morris. We think that Morris, the founder of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), would be delighted with the plans for the ‘Past, Present and Future’ project. We wish John Mann (Mann Williams Civil and Structural Engineers) and the Society of Antiquaries of London all the very best with this great project.
Other work included timber condition assessments at Crofton Beam Engines in Wiltshire, and a return to assess roof timbers at the historic Market Hall at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Involvement with ecclesiastic buildings has included assessing the condition of 15th-century roof trusses at St Giles Church in Somerset, and the assessment of a largely unaltered 15th-century oak bell frame at St Mary Magdalene Church also in Somerset. We have also investigated damp problems at two health centres in Sutton, and air quality testing in Croydon and Stratford.
Death Watch Beetle
Typical for this time of year, we are starting to get an increase in enquiries about death watch beetle sightings and issues. These investigations are already taking us to properties throughout the south of England, both large and small, from terrace cottages in Devon, to a medieval moat house in Essex. Note, consider recording and monitoring death watch beetle activity (a blog for later…).
Technical Director Lee Harper has been keeping busy by presenting Foundation Seminars for RICS in Westminster and Bristol. Please do contact us to discuss presenting CPD or other educational material. We are particularly keen to promote the benefits of environmental controls and targeted chemical treatments (the most targeted!), or any other relevant subject.