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Yr Ysgwrn

Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd

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Client    Snowdonia National Park

Scope   grade II* listed | early 19th Century | literature | 

              structural survey | conversion | sensitive repairs  

Status    Completed                     Awards  RSAW

Yr Ysgwrn is a Grade II* listed 19th century farmhouse in Wales near Trawsfynydd. The building has literary significance, Ellis Humphry Evans, otherwise known as Hedd Wyn, the famous Welsh poet, once resided there. Snowdonia National Park Authority now owns the farmhouse and associated buildings and has undergone a scheme to develop the area into a visitor attraction. This scheme included the construction of a new visitor centre, which incorporates an existing adjacent building, known as Beudy Llwyd, alongside a new boiler house, car park and drainage works across the site.

Auckland Castle

Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham

Client    Auckland Project

Scope   various grades of listing redevelopment | 

              structural condition surveys | sensitive repair strategy  

Status    Completed

Auckland Castle is grade I listed dating from the 12th century  and was the official residence of the Bishops of Durham.

We have been involved in specific aspects of the Auckland Project including; the repair of the Robinson Arch (grade I listed), alterations to the College archway (grade II listed), inspection of the Chapel screen (grade I listed) and the Wyatt screen (grade I listed). 

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Playhouse Theatre



Client    Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres

Scope   grade II* listed | 1877 | heritage at risk | 

              Historic England funding | cast and wrought iron repairs  

Status    Ongoing Routine Inspections

As Conservation Accredited Engineers we were appointed to provide conservation support and advice during the recent refurbishment and repair of this important historic building in the centre of Liverpool. The works were successfully delivered on time and on budget in early 2018.

Ongoing works: routine inspections of structure. 

Bluecoats Art Centre


Client    Architectural Emporium

Scope   grade I listed 1717 | restored in 1950s | 

              feasibility study | enhanced facilities 

Status    Feasibility Study Completed


The Bluecoat is the oldest surviving building in the City. As Conservation Engineers we were part of team that developed an Arts Council grant submission for the alteration of some of the internal spaces to improve circulation, increase visitor numbers and provide enhanced commercial facilities such as the café, the gallery spaces and out of hours lettings.

Wakefield Crown Court

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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Client    Wakefield City Council

Scope   Grade II* listed | 1810 | Neo-Greek style | 

              derelict condition reroofing works

Status    Completed

Structural inspection and assessment of the building with particular attention to the timber roof structure to assist in the development of a scope of repair works. The nature and

extent of the repair works to also take account of potential adaptation of the building for multi-agency use to serve the local community and potentially to inform decisions around possible grant funding applications.

Russell Institute

Paisley, Renfrewshire

Client    Renfrewshire Council

Scope   grade A listed | 1926-7 | sub-consultant as conservation                 specialist | structural condition report | repair strategy 

Status    Completed

Early reinforced concrete frame building, originally built for the benefit and improvement of the health of children in Paisley by a wealthy philanthropist. Clad in local stone, the concrete frame and floors and ceiling are of a contemporary proprietary system of concrete construction. The ceiling system incorporates expanded metal that provides both fire resistance and also head restraint to the heads of the internal hollow clay walls. 

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St George's Hall


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Client    St George's Hall 

Scope   grade I listed | 1841-56 | reactive inspections | 

              various structural issues

Status    Ongoing

At St George's Hall we often find ourselves reacting to issues that arise unexpectedly. Many of these issues can put pressure on their owner’s commercial operation and we pride ourselves in being able to react, in most cases, quickly to determine through our wide experience the most pragmatic way forward

Liver Building


Client    CBRE Ltd

Scope   grade I listed 1908-10 | structural condition survey

              technical advise | repair strategy | concrete   

Status    Completed

Grade I listed ‘three graces’ icon Liverpool waterfront commercial building, representing the first skyscraper in the UK to incorporate a reinforced concrete frame designed by Lois Gustave Mouchel.

Assessment and review of remedial works to elements of the structure, including the Liver Birds as well as technical advice and monitoring of refurbishment works to the 8th floor and to the fabric of the concrete cupola’s and the tower spiral cast iron stairs.

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Moat Brae

Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

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Client    Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT)

Scope   grade B Listed saved from demolition | 1823

              Greek revival style | roof replacement |

Status    Completed

This Grade B Listed building was rescued from demolition by Blackett-Ord Conservation who maintained that it was not in as dangerous condition as the owners had been advised. 

Moat Brae was the building where J. M. Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan. The building was taken over by a Trust, and fully repaired with a new roof structure, it has now been opened as a national centre for Children's Literature.  

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