As part of our company’s commitment to a collaborative conservation ethos, Recclesia hosted this year’s group of SPAB Scholars and Fellows on site in Handley, just outside Chester, where we are working to conserve and simultaneously upgrade a 1601 timber frame building.
The aim of the SPAB scheme is to give the Scholars and Fellows first-hand experience of conservative repair in action by meeting and engaging with professionals involved in the full range of building management issues, working on site and in workshops and studios throughout the UK. Scholars spend the first six months travelling from site to site together, learning about a huge range of conservation techniques and approaches.
Working with Donald Insall Associates architect Simon Revill, this phase of work to the building is the second in partnership with Recclesia as specialist main contractor. The work has been particularly challenging on a technical level, so it was the perfect place to discuss some conservation theory, scruples and head-scratchers with some of our sector’s most outstanding future professionals.
It was certainly a pleasure to have met this year’s intake and look forward to being able to host the next group in 2018.