Stephen Newsom


Project Manager

CDM Co-ordinator


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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 of the 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 construction.


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.

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.


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 and premises.

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