A hands-on day of practical techniques led by four members of the outstanding team of carpenters and joiners from Carpenter, Oak & Woodland.

Peter Burman, University of York

Who we work with

Timber-frame conservation projects are often complex, with many stakeholders. We’re used to working with clients and conservation specialists at every stage.


Specialist input and advice

Our advice as timber frame conservation professionals is usually the most important part of our work – helping people to retain as much of the fabric of the building as possible.

conservation oak frame barnPrivate clients

Those looking to convert an ancient building into a new use (for example, a barn into a house), or bring an old building into good repair, are unlikely to have the specialist knowledge needed to manage the whole project themselves. We can guide people at every step, and help them by liaising – as trusted professionals – with other specialists, such as conservation bodies, conservation specialists and planning officers.

conservation dolbelydr oak door panelsConservation bodies

Many of our projects have been undertaken for, or with, leading conservation bodies such as English Heritage, National Trust, The Landmark Trust and Historic Scotland. These organisations play a massive role in preserving our architectural heritage for future generations and we’re proud to have worked with them on award-winning conservation projects such as Stirling Castle’s great hall roof and the restoration of the ceilings at Windsor Castle.

conservation oak frame barnConservation Surveyors

Our impartial advice and unmatched expertise is often relied on by conservation specialists, and other professionals, who have been called upon to work on an ancient building. These include insurance surveyors and loss adjustors, conservation surveyors, conservation officers, local planning officers and of course conservation bodies. We support their remit to protect the building and offer expert guidance on the best approaches to use.

conservation oak frame barnSpecialist input and advice

Due to the nature of the way buildings decay, every conservation project brings its own unique challenges. Indeed, within a single project, many different approaches to preserving the fabric of the building will be required. This is where our experience really delivers benefits – we can assess every single part of a building, from the overall structure to individual joints, and recommend the best in each case (and alternatives, where possible).