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About Us

Peter Ward

Pete managed a Conservation Building company for years. He lives and breathes Conservation – using traditional building materials to create warm and dry homes. He leads a tireless campaign to rid the country of the 'timber and damp' industry and needless damp proofing. Based in Shropshire, and running the Midlands office, he is one of the leading specialists in Timber Framed buildings in the country. Pete heads up the Listed Building Survey team. 

Richard Williams

Living in Sussex, Richard has worked on many of the capital's most prestigious buildings in his role as Chartered Surveyor. Like Pete, he is passionate about old buildings, and has restored several almost single handedly, using traditional materials – lime mortar and plaster, sheepwool insulation, and reclaimed timbers. He has a strong legal background, advising on party wall and construction problems. He also provides contract administration, specification writing, and advice on contractual issues. He runs the South Eastern team who are increasingly dealing with the beautiful medieval buildings in the historic countryside around his home.   

The Company

We are a dynamic combination of professional skills, conservation knowledge and practical building experience - we've all built and restored old properties with traditional materials. We have been there and done it the hard way - hands-on.  

Between us, we've worked on everything from landmark buildings in London, stately homes and little Victorian terraces. We do this because we enjoy it - it's not a job, it's a lifestyle! 

We are always pushing the boundaries of technology and learning new things - we are proud to be able to help shape Government policy on the heritage environment - and work hard to increase public understanding of conservation and repair of historic buildings.  It's an immense challenge to overturn the industry wide belief in cement and gypsum, and re-introduce the concept of breathability and traditional materials to old buildings.  It's worth it - watching these buildings become warm and dry after years of neglect makes us proud to be part of the Conservation movement.

We now run a dedicated timber and damp survey division based in London and the South East. This is proving a highly successful service, providing full diagnosis of 'dampness' defects, based on BS7913:2013 - Guide to Conservation of Historic Buildings (Pete was on the review team of this landmark British Standard) - and helping clients avoid any form of damp proofing or chemical treatments.  We have never seen a case of 'rising damp' and are confident we never will!


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