Heritage – Restoration – Carpentry – Abney Park Cemetery

A lottery funded project.

Abney Park cemetery is described as one of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries in London.

The Grade II listed chapel was built by William Hosking and is the oldest surviving non-denominational chapel in Europe.

Our carpenters were thrilled to receive this challenging project and got stuck in to cutting and forming the new vaulted ceiling on site, whilst being careful to match the shape to the original Gothic arch. They starting by reinsulating and repairing existing rafters and bracing them before adding a layer of acoustic concealment fabric and finishing by installing 22mm European oak battens we see today. Magnificent!

In addition to this we also replaced the bespoke oak doors to the chapel entrance.

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Heritage – New Build and Restoration – Brickwork & Carpentry – Cranford Park

A lottery funded Heritage project.

Following vandalism and an arson attack on the 2 stable blocks in the park we were asked to salvage and restore what was possible on this Heritage site and rebuild the stable blocks.

Carpentry – This involved using very large timber joists to allow for the larger than average roof span, finished with marine ply to create a good base for the installation of a living roof. Internally, we matched and replaced oak decorative tongue and groove panelling and flooring, and revarnishing both to match existing colour codes. We also installed new hot boxes for bat conservation on the roof.

Brickwork – To stay in keeping with the traditional structure, we sourced and used the same handmade bricks and ready mix lime mortar to build the new coffee shop. However, although the build remained aesthetically traditional we installed modern insulation in the walls and roof to reach the correct E values. We also undertook structural strengthening works and repairs to existing cellar arches in the basement. This reinforcement works in the cellar were required to allow for a concrete slab and additional rooms to be added above the basement

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Refurbishments – Village Hall

Carpentry and Decoration package. this was a village hall that we striped out and refurbed with new floor, lighting and wall panelling. It also included refurb to 2 side rooms, the stage, changing rooms and Kitchen. Kitchen hatch was created.

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