‘Beat the Architect’ at the Harley Gallery…

Fun was had by all at the Harley Gallery today. I’ve said before that I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember, and often wonder if it started with my love of LEGO® and the creations that I built. Nothing was ever built on the size or scale of the models at the Brick City Exhibition at the Harley Gallery, which has some of the world’s favourite buildings recreated in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore.

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Press Release – King of Prussia Gold Medal Award 2015

We are delighted to have been awarded runner-up position for this national church conservation award. The King of Prussia Gold Medal is a gift from King Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795-1816) to the Incorporated Church Building Society in 1857, for church conservation and architecture, and has been awarded annually since the early 1980s.

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Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder…

I find art such a thought-provoking subject. I always remember the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ meaning that we all see things differently, which is what makes the world such a diverse place. I also think art is in the eye of the beholder. When I see a piece of art that I find beautiful, you may see it as ugly. When I see a building with beautiful architecture I can appreciate it even if I don’t like it!

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Happy Birthday to you St Giles Church – conserved for 800 years!

We were delighted to be invited to the 800th birthday celebrations of this 13th century church on 11th October 2015.

This church has had a number of problems, but considering its age, probably not unexpected! I often wonder when these amazing buildings were first built, did the people building them really expect them to be around for this amount of time?

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Conserving traditional crafts …

I was taken on as architect to this grade I listed medieval church in Saxilby and I undertook a Quinquennial Inspection which identified urgent stonework repair to St Botolphs, including essential stonework repairs to the South Chancel and South Nave, this included replacement of carved and ashlar stone and repointing to the Chancel and North Chapel. During the inspection it was also noted that a number of Merlons to the Nave parapet were loose and needed fixing. A specification and schedule was prepared to detail the stone repairs and approval was granted by the DAC.

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Something for nothing…

We all like to think we can get something for nothing, but these days that is very rare! Having been involved with many community projects that rely on fund-raising and grants or even HLF applications we are always looking for ways to support these good causes or to help them to get a project moving.

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Wish you were here…

It’s that time of year again when we all start to think about holidays – and you don’t have to go far in the UK to visit some amazing places. Those of you who know me, will know that I don’t do ‘roughing it’ when I go on holiday, if I’m going away on holiday – I like the luxuries, the more the better!

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Aurora Wellbeing Centre is an asset to Bassetlaw…

Having carried out a Conservation Management Plan of this 1960’s former library in 2011, we are delighted to be able to support the current users – The Aurora Wellbeing Centre by becoming a Trustee, with a responsibility for the property portfolio.

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