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Our Heritage & Conservation Work

As well as work on faith buildings, we also undertake specialist conservation work many other types of historic buildings, including mills, barns and houses. Accredited with the AABC we have the experience and knowledge to offer specialist conservation services to help clients protect, repair, alter and preserve/conserve their heritage buildings.

Conservation projects never fail to offer interesting work, whether it involves researching the history of the building, trying to establish how it was built, or finding unexpected features or challenges along the way; there is always something to excite. 

Here are some of the projects on which we have had the pleasure of working:

The one with catacombs

Sheffield General Cemetery

We were appointed as Specialist Conservation Architects on a project to improve the circulation and use of the General Cemetery, while also conserving the historic catacombs, monuments and feature walls after years of neglect and damage caused by inappropriate alterations.

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The far from "primitive" one

Winster Former Primitive Methodist Chapel

We were appointed to obtain listed building consent and planning consent for the residential conversion of this redundent former primitive methodist chapel. The chapel is landlocked, with no vehicular access, making executing the works challenging. The result is a stunning residence in the beautiful setting of Winster.

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The one with the crucibles

Darnall Works, Sheffield

A project to conserve and restore the exterior fabric of this Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade II listed crucible steel workshop. Cited as one of the best of its kind remaining, we restored the external envelope, re-roofed the project and reinstated the crucible stacks on one side, in the traditional construction method.

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The one on the edge of a quarry

The Gin Race, York

A project to "delist" an historic horse "gin race" building, to enable the expansion of a nearby quarry, and relocation, piece by piece for reconstruction at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, to create a education room for visiting school groups.

The one with the Crucks

Dronfield Cruck Barns

The residential conversion of some former timber cruck barns in Dronfield. The building, dating back to the 17th Century, contained 5 pairs of traditional timber crucks, still on their stylobate stone piers, but the fabric around them had deteriorated considerably and the theft of the roof coverings was resulting in significant decay to the fabric inside. The programme of works sought to repair and restore the fabric of the buildings and convert them into housing.

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The one with the bread oven

The Remote House in Edale

Reputed to be one of the oldest houses in that part of the valley and subject to considerable alteration historically as its status and use changed since the 17th Century. The house had been subject to many years of inappropriate, unsympathetic and unauthorised alteration. The project sought to conserve the historic property, reinstating historic detailing and materials and removing the inappropriate alterations, as well as adapting and upgrading the house to suit 21st Century use.

The one with the mystery of the mill

Spital Buildings, Castleton

A ruinous (and we mean ruinous!) mill just outside Castleton, sat in the middle of a field. Many don't know it exists. This is an ongoing project to safeguard the mill from further collapse, partially re-build it and insert residential accommodation into the shell, as well as converting the attached barns into further accommodation.

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The one where the cows came home

The Creamery, Parwich

A small project for which we were appointed to assist the owners and contractor to obtain listed building consent for alterations to this Grade II listed house, which used to be part of Parwich's important dairy industry. The cottage had been subject to years of inappropriate alterations and has few historic features left inside. The floors required specialist repair and a detailed conservation strategy to preserve what remained of them.

The one that you'd drive right past

Hardstoft Mission Room

A delightful little Grade II listed former School Room, previously on the Hardwick estate, but now in private ownership. We are developing proposals to sensitively convert the building into holiday accommodation, including building a sympathetic extension to the rear.

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