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Devastating blazes show the importance of fire prevention Print E-mail

Recent events in Glasgow have undoubtedly brought the issue of fire prevention in to sharp focus for many property owners. After a second devastating blaze in four years, the latest incident at the Glasgow School of Art has destroyed property, displaced students and even impacted local businesses not connected to the school.

The first fire in 2014 was caused when flammable gasses from a foam canister came into contact with the hot surface of a projector, sending flames upwards through voids in the walls and old ventilation ducts and completely destroying the iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

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Manchester turns to its own for stained glass replacement Print E-mail

When it was decided to commission new ornate stained glass for The Old Parsonage – a Grade Two-listed building in Didsbury, Manchester – the obvious choice for the job was Manchester-based Genesis Stained Glass. The building, which dates from around 1650, was owned by Alderman Fletcher Moss from 1885 to 1919.

Fletcher Moss was an avid art and nature-lover, who tried his hand at designing his own stained glass. The result was a flamboyant, decorative interior with ornate Gothic-style stained glass and wooden tracery in most of the windows. He bequeathed the building to the people of Manchester and it is now managed by Didsbury Parsonage Trust.

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A stitch in time for Fairfax House Print E-mail

Following their recent successful completion of conservation and restoration works in Ripon Cathedral, St Nicholas, Newcastle and Manchester Central Library, York-based Andrew G Podmore & Son have been involved with the York Civic Trust at Fairfax House.

Reputedly the finest Georgian town house in England, Fairfax House was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr. It was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

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Sound Space Vision delivers artful solutions to the Royal Academy of Arts’ historic transformation Print E-mail

In 2012 Sound Space Vision (SSV) won the competition to be the theatre design and acoustics consultants for David Chipperfield Architects’ master plan to unite the Royal Academy of Arts’ 18th-century Burlington House with its neighbour, Burlington Gardens, and transform the interiors throughout. SSV’s brief was to modernise and equip Burlington Gardens’ 19th-century lecture theatre for 21st-century presentation and performance, and was expanded later to include acoustics advice on the new gallery spaces, the learning centre, as well as mechanical systems.

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The complete discreet AV solution Print E-mail

Creative Audio-Visual Solutions (CAVS) are a dedicated church audio and visual supplier working throughout the UK.

CAVS were recently commissioned to install a new audio and visual system into the Parish Church of St James in Trowbridge. The brief was to ensure that all the new equipment fitted seamlessly into the environment whilst providing the latest technologies for full range worship and advanced multimedia display.

The visual system consist of three discreet winched projection screens which hide behind the arches when not in use. These utilise 7,500 and 5,000 lumens projectors for the highest image quality across all sources – from words, to pictures and video.

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Families praise poignant memorial sculpture by Derbyshire craftsmen Print E-mail

All Steel Fabrications, a Derbyshire company that builds steel sculptures, has been praised for a “deeply moving” memorial built to mark the centenary of one of Britain’s worst wartime civilian disasters.

The Chilwell Explosion in July 1918 at the National Shell Filling Factory in Nottingham claimed 134 lives.

The remains of the victims rest in the graveyard of St Mary’s in Attenborough, Nottingham, and the church wanted to pay tribute to the courage of those who worked at the factory by commissioning a new memorial.

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Houghtons repair castle door at Holy Island Print E-mail

Houghtons of York recently had the pleasure of being asked to travel to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumberland to examine one of the castle doors and bring it back to their workshop for repair.

Following an early start Houghton's joiners reached site at 8:30am and made their way to the door. They were met on site by the property’s building surveyor and discussed the methods by which the door was to be repaired and together agreed the best way to proceed.

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Why invest in stacking chairs? Print E-mail

Chairs might seem simple: four legs and seat to sit on. How hard can they be to shop for?

However, when it comes to investing in a set of chairs that are designed to be versatile, easy to use and serve their purpose, there’s many more factors to consider! Stef Bewers of Gloucestershire-based Race Furniture explains:

How many chairs should you buy? Where should you store them? Can staff manoeuvre them? How comfortable are they? These are just some of the questions that you need to be asking in commercial or multi-function use settings.

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Conserving and restoring church hatchments Print E-mail

The churches and chapels of the United Kingdom are home to countless symbols of religion, wealth, power and history. None, however, are quite as distinctive and yet as little known as the hatchment. As a record of a church’s past parishioners, hatchments are as significant as inscribed plaques or gravestones, but they can also give a far deeper insight into the history of a parish.

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Merritt, international interior solutions firm, acquires renowned Agrell Architectural Carving Print E-mail

Merritt, an Ohio-based international interior solutions firm, has acquired Agrell Architectural Carving, one of the world’s preeminent ornamental woodcarving companies. Agrell, with offices in the UK and US, provides exquisite, classical hand-carved ornamentation for architecture, luxury interiors and furniture around the globe. Merritt’s acquisition of Agrell furthers the company’s mission to be a complete interiors solution with all traditionally outsourced crafts under one roof.

Independently, Agrell and Merritt have earned reputations for precision and innovation that have resulted in close collaborations with many of the world’s most renowned architects and interior designers. Together, their highly regarded approaches ensure seamless execution, delivered on time and on budget.

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NHIG launches Membership Directory Print E-mail

The National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) have recently launched an online Members Directory, providing a valuable resource for those seeking suitable contractors who subscribe to the organisation's Conservation Principles.

Associations and organisations can also become members, and the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) have recently joined the ranks in recognition of their common aims and shared goals.

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Perfect period plaster for your church and listed building Print E-mail

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Rickards Period Plastering provides a professional application of traditional plastering techniques throughout the county. Whether working within the precious historic environment or on a unique architecturally designed new build they endeavour to provide a skill set and finished product of the highest quality.

Mike Rickards is from a previous restoration background and established the company in April 2012 and his experience has been built upon undertaking the projects that others may shy away from - whether due to material use, design, access or other site specific challenges. He says: "We enjoy the challenge and relish the unique and unusual projects so that, when finished, we can take a step back and say....’we did that’.

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Roofing restorations at York Minster follow traditional design Print E-mail

York Minster is Northern Europe’s second largest gothic cathedral and has a long and varied history dating back almost 1500 years. Initially built with wood, the church has undergone numerous transformations over the two centuries, including complete refurbishments and organised repairs, and has survived two fires and William the Conqueror’s harrying of the North!

Conservation and restoration is an on-going commitment and those in charge are dedicated to keeping the traditional architecture and heritage. As a result, they utilise a combination of cutting-edge science and ancient craftsmanship when undertaking any remedial restorative work.

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