New basement construction in progress

Umberslade Baptist Church, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire

We have recently undertaken structural inspections of the Grade II*-listed Baptist Church and the Old School for the Churches Conservation Trust.

The church is an impressive example of a neo-Gothic, nonconformist chapel built in 1877 for the local Estate owner, George Muntz.

The Old School was built originally to serve as a temporary place of worship while the main church was built.  After the church was completed, the wooden building served as the local school until 1922.

The Great Barn, Ruislip

Thought to be the oldest surviving barn in Greater London, The Great Barn is a grade II*-listed structure and was constructed at c. 1300.

Working in collaboration with McCurdy & Co. (specialists in historic timber structures), David has just completed a visual inspection of the timber framing.



Hidden gem, West Sussex

While not structural, it’s always pleasing to see historic fabric during an inspection. This time, a Victorian magazine used to cover the back of an attic door.


Private residence, South Oxfordshire

Working with Syme Historic Carpentry, we have specified timber repairs to the south elevation of this Grade II* listed property.

The Old School Room, Uffington

The Old School Room was founded in 1617 by a wealthy local merchant. It is referenced in ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’ written by Thomas Hughes, who was born in Uffington in 1822. The Old School Room is now the village museum. We have specified structural repairs to the chalkstone ashlar blocks and to the rubblestone plinth.
Architect: Andrew Townsend Architects
Contractor: Jan Kerr Stone Repair & Conservation

Floating terrace seating at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Commissioned by Rosebank landscape design, we designed this four tiered floating stone seat to be built out of 51 individually cut pieces of limestone for the prestigious flower show.

St. Mary the Virgin parish church, Buckland, Oxfordshire

Structural inspection and remedial works to the roof in the nave and the north transept.
Architect: Andrew Townsend Architects
Timber Decay Specialist: Floyd Consult
Contractor: Ward & Co

Fire Damage to shop and home – update

CHA provided structural advice to the owners of this fire-damaged, grade II-listed property in Watlington.
Before and after photos



Crack of the week


Vehicular impact damage.