I hold conservation accreditation to the highest level (level A) from the RIAS, and was one of the
first to qualify. Assessment is based on previous project
experience and is reviewed every five years.
The harm that can be caused by the inappropriate use of cement mortar in repairs
to traditional buildings, and the benefits of lime based mortars in conservation
and in new construction, has gradually been acknowledged. I am a former director
Scottish Lime Centre, and act as
consultant on the application of lime mortars for masonry repair and
construction, harling, rendering and plasterwork for use in building repairs and new
Our list of projects covers a wide range of building types, ranging from small alterations to complex alterations and extensions to existing buildings.
About 25% of my work is concerned with this health and safety function in
construction. Projects have included the difficulties in carrying out repairs on the
ruined St Ethernan's Priory on the Isle of May, repairs at the derelict Dunglass
Castle in Dumbartonshire, and at Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian.
WHERE WE ARE
I located the office within the family home in 2003, and in January 2005 we completed our own extension to contain additional space for the business. We are ten minutes walk from the centre of the village of Aberdour, which is served by bus and rail connections. Please feel able to drop in
for a chat and refreshment, and for architectural advice, at any time.
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While it is my intention to remain the point of contact for all clients, some of the
office tasks are now being carried out by others. Where projects require specially
intense work periods then I employ experienced staff to assist me.
Margaret Newsom is the practice manager, dealing with accounts, fees, supplies