H E R I TA G E & C O N S E R VAT I O N S P E C I A L I S T S
Award-winning specialists in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings and ancient monuments.
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WHO WE ARE... ASBC Heritage & Conservation Specialists are a multi-award winning, family run business, based in Kings Newton, Derbyshire. We are proud to be one of the first choice restoration and conservation contractors to the National Trust, Historic England, English Heritage and The Princeâ€™s Regeneration Trust as well as many Private Estates across the region. Recently scooping two major national awards, ASBC are the Federation of Master Builders, Master Builder of the Year 2017, for large renovation and heritage categories. This makes us the best in the UK in these particular areas of building work. We have an incredible team of local, experienced, crafts men and women and we offer a full range of services from stone masonry, lead work, lime plastering, carpentry, joinery, brick work and roofing. Our love of restoration and conservation, and passion for the highest of standards has enabled us to build a solid reputation within this niche area. We have been blessed to receive many accolades and awards over the years for outstanding work and project management. Many of these have been generated from returning clients directly nominating us. ASBC is registered with and approved suppliers to the following organisations:
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Receiving the national FMB Master Builder
Civic Society Award - HIGHLY COMMENDED 2018 1a Ashby Road, New build house FMB Master Builder of the Year 2017 - NATIONAL WINNER Heritage category The Dower House FMB Master Builder of the Year 2017 - NATIONAL WINNER Large Renovation category The Dower House Civic Society Award - WINNER 2016 Spring Vale House, New build garage Civic Society Award - HIGHLY COMMENDED 2016 The Dower House FMB Master Builder of the Year 2015 - REGIONAL WINNER Commercial Project of the Year St Michaels House, Church Square Civic Society Award - HIGHLY COMMENDED 2015 Close House Civic Society Award 2014 - HIGHLY COMMENDED St Michaels House, Church Square English Heritage Angel Award 2013 Grade I early C17 Dovecote, now Muniment Room, Melbourne Hall Estate Civic Society Award 2012 - HIGHLY COMMENDED Grade I early C17 Dovecote, now Muniment Room, Melbourne Hall Estate FMB Master Builder of the Year 2012 - REGIONAL WINNER Large Renovation Project of the Year Melbourne Hall Roof Civic Society Award 2012 - HIGHLY COMMENDED Cupola, The One off, Melbourne Civic Society Award 2011 - WINNER Tithe Barn, Melbourne Hall Estate
of the Year 2017 awards in London with TV celebrity Nick Knowles.
SERVICES... Our company is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of our nationâ€™s historic structures. As such we employ traditional building methods and crafts including: STONE MASONRY LIME PLASTERING LIME MORTARS LIME RENDER LIME WASHES CARPENTRY JOINERY LEAD WORK METAL WORK ROOFING WORK BRICK WORK
ASBC Heritage and Conservation Specialists recognise the importance of preserving these skills and we are committed to the national apprenticeship scheme.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US “I have been aVicar since 1985 and have been involved in many building projects of various sizes. I can say without hesitation, that no contractor has come anywhere near the level of service or the standard of workmanship that we have received from Alan and his team - they really are outstanding” Canon Mark Powell, client “Alan was focussed on the aims and challenges from the outset - for example, unprompted, sourcing an important and rare quantity of weathered stone to match the existing building even before the plans were finalised” Greselda Kerr, client “Alan designed a large proportion of the repair works and put forward his proposals with strong justification for the methods suggested. Alan’s ideas and suggestions certainly improved the original proposals and helped retain much more of the historic fabric than expected” Robbie Kerr, ADAM Architecture “ASBC did an excellent job rebuilding my extended farmhouse.Their work was of the highest quality and they were a joy to work with throughout the project” Lady Annie Chichester, client “A potentially trying time was made tolerable by the calm and efficient expertise of Alan and his extremely able team” Greselda Kerr, client “The most delight came from the additional facilities that were not part of the original plan, but came about by Alan’s vision and imagination… The Church Council commented that we trusted Alan and his judgement, and felt that we were in safe hands” Canon Mark Powell, client
“The grandeur of this heritage project by ASBC Ltd is remarkable.The design included one-off features requiring precise execution with no room for error. Stone carving details for external elevations, timber moulding profiles, nautical parquet flooring design and a complex circular ceiling dome were just some of the challenges overcome flawlessly by this worthy winner.” Federation of Master Builders “We observed the work day to day at close hand, informed on important issues whilst watching the completion of stages on time and within budget” Greselda Kerr, client “Alan worked hard to make the building as energy efficient and economical to run as possible, which is not easy when starting from something derelict. Canon Mark Powell, client “Adding on to the corner of a building is a big technical challenge but especially when you’re going to have to drag your steels on by hand.What they’ve created here is a really impressive, cantonoovered corner of the building with frameless glazing which just looks spectacular”. Chris Bates, Build it Magazine “I think the overall outstanding feature here is that they have produced a very good product, they’ve followed the right sort of process and actually delivered something that looks very good and is perfectly in keeping with the existing cultural significance of the building “. John Edwards, Edward Hart “Alan is well recognised throughout the community with an exceptional reputation and over many years he has considerably helped to preserve and enhance the local environment” Melbourne Civic Society, local organisation
CASE STUDY The Dower House, Melbourne Hall Estate Project completed: 2016 Privately funded Architect: ADAM Architecture, London
The Brief The complete renovation of a large listed building in a conservation neighbourhood, surrounded by stunning gardens and overlooking Melbourne Pool. To include the demolition of a 1960â€™s wing and the construction of a large two floor extension, a full roof replacement, the creation of a bespoke library, a new ground floor extension forming a morning room with stone faĂ§ade, atrium and multiple timber repairs due to deathwatch beetle.
Awards FMB Master Builder of the Year 2017, national winner for Heritage FMB Master Builder of the Year 2017, national winner for Large Renovation Civic Society Highly Commended 2016
Comments from the client The work was managed with authority, outstanding craftsmanship, close attention to detail and deep understanding of client’s and planning authority’s requirements. For these reasons we have already recommended Alan Staley’s services Greselda Kerr, owner
Comments from the architect The work carried out by ASBC on The Dower House cannot be praised highly enough.They were professional, efficient, careful and understanding.They managed the client and their expectations perfectly and were a pleasure to work with.Their understanding of traditional techniques of construction and ability to apply this to historic buildings was some of the best that we have experienced and would not pause to recommend them fully on future work to listed or historic buildings and monuments Robbie Kerr
CASE STUDY Belton House, Grantham Project completed: 2017 National Trust Architect: Contractors design
The Brief The careful and sympathetic restoration of the existing arched stable doors, which provide access to the restaurant at Belton House. The adaptation of the â€˜hangingâ€™ of the doors and ironmongery from originally being side hung, to becoming bi-folding doors. The installation of a modern glass wall and door system within the existing stone arches. To repair the existing ironmongery and manufacture any missing items. Masonry repairs to adjacent stone and the re-laying of the granite cobbles to provide a level access for wheelchairs. Undertaking these works whilst the restaurant was open to the public.
Comments from the contractor This was a very complex project which included stripping off the original lead-based paint to inspect the condition of the doors. We managed to preserve a large proportion of the original douglas fir timber by splicing in new sections and then finished the repairs using the Repaircare resin which is the preferred product of the National Trust.
Historic Monuments Grade I early C17 Dovecote, now Muniment Room, Melbourne Hall Estate Project completed: 2012 Grant funded by English Heritage Architect: Richard Maddison and associates
The Brief The delicate and complicated restoration of a Grade I early C17 Dovecote, now Muniment Room situated in the grounds of Melbourne Estate. The main project specification was to restore the bell shaped roof, repair windows, stonework and internal finishes. All items were to be retained and restored to the highest quality without disturbance to the historic fabric.
Awards Civic Society Award 2012 â€“ HIGHLY COMMENDED English Heritage Angel Award 2013
Comments from the client The result is magnificent and the attention to detail is outstanding. English Heritage are so pleased with the works undertaken by Alan Staley and his team of highly skilled craftsmen, they have nominated the project for the English Heritage Angel Award.The Muniment Room is now a landmark building, that visitors to the Estate Grounds are amazed by the faithful workmanship. Itâ€™s now a building of which we are very proud Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr
Comments from the Contractor The building was in a poor state of repair and the roof structure in particular was very fragile.The wall plates, hips and lower rafters had all deteriorated leaving the structure unstable. ASBC installed propping devices that we had specially designed and fabricated. There were no plans drawn up but we had a number of detailed specification drawings by Maddison James Associates.Working closely with Maddison James and English Heritage, ASBC were able to design a large proportion of the repair works, retaining much more of the historic fabric than expected and providing costs savings without compromising the standard of workmanship or material. This project was completed sooner than expected despite all the difficulties throughout
CASE STUDY Stydd Hall, Ashbourne Project completed: 2017 English Heritage and Historic England grant funded Architect: E.B. McEvedy Historic Building Consultants
The Brief Substantial repairs to a Grade II* listed dwelling (Stydd Hall was a monastery of the military orders of knights, Templars and knights hospitalliers) which were undertaken in three stages whilst the clients were in residence. Phase 1: re-roof and high-level joinery and masonry repairs. Phase 2: repairs to the tower, including lead and masonry works. Phase 3: timber restoration and additional masonry works to the external historic fabric.
Awards Historic England showcased the works and it was covered by BBC News.
Comments from the contractor One of the biggest challenges we faced on this project was repairing the central spinal wall.We had to support the roof with steel structural props, whilst undertaking the extensive repair work and maintaining structural stability.This was an extremely delicate operation. We constructed a temporary roof system to protect the building from the elements and also to protect the three generations of family still in residence during the works. Despite the additional works we completed the project on time and within budget and Iâ€™m pleased to say that Stydd Hall has now been removed from the Heritage â€˜at riskâ€™ register
Comments from the architect ASBC have shown a clear understanding of traditional buildings skills and a sensitivity to the repair of historic fabric. I have found that they are conscientious and work well with clients. ASBC were able to produce documentation in a format that allowed grants to be claimed in a straight forward and timely fashion Eleanor McEvedy
CASE STUDY Corner Farm, Radburne Estate Project completed: 2018 Privately funded Architect: Peregrine Bryant London Project Manager: Greenwood Projects Limited
The Brief The demolition of an existing farmhouse and outbuildings. The construction of a new three-floor, seven-bedroom, dwelling. Using a combination of modern and traditional materials. The demolition of a large stable block and the construction of an oak framed and masonry outdoor multi-use area.
Comments from the client ASBC did an excellent job rebuilding my extended farmhouse.Their work was of the highest quality and they were a joy to work with throughout the project
Comments from the project manager We appointed ASBC to demolish an existing farm house and construct a new, larger farmhouse using traditional methods and techniques.We found ASBC to be diligent, hardworking and completed the works to a high standard. ASBC in particular went the extra mile to ensure the Client was happy with their new home.We would be more than happy to recommend ASBC to prospective clients
CASE STUDY Melbourne Hall, Melbourne Estate Project completed: 2012 Privately funded Architect: Contractorâ€™s design
The Brief The re-roofing and associated high level repairs of a Grade II* listed Hall. This work was undertaken whilst the family were in residence and also whilst the Hall and Gardens were open to the public.
Awards FMB Master Builder of the Year 2012, regional winner for Large Renovation.
Comments from the client I would like to give the highest recommendation to ASBC for any work they may undertake and particularly in regard to roofing projects. ASBC undertook a large project for the complete re-roofing of Melbourne Hall between September 2010 and March 2012 and we are completely satisfied with the results Lord Ralph Kerr, owner Alan is a truly talented craftsman. Whilst working at Melbourne Hall Alan and his team showed the knowledge and respect required when working in such an historic environment. Alanâ€™s attention to detail and constant high standard of workmanship makes him someone to be praised and recommended Gill Weston, curator
CASE STUDY St Michael’s House, Melbourne Project completed: 2013 Privately funded Architect: Contractor’s design
The Brief To convert a range of derelict outbuildings in the vicarage garden into a suite of rooms for the use of the church and the community. The buildings dated from various periods and were built at different floor levels. The result was ‘St Michael’s House, with toilets, a kitchen and level access for the disabled on the ground floor and two meeting rooms on the top floor.
Awards Civic Society Award 2014 – HIGHLY COMMENDED FMB Master Builder of the Year 2015 – REGIONAL WINNER Commercial Project of the Year
Comments from the client Whenever Alan came to me with a problem with the project, he also came with a proposed solution; this generally suggested the way to an enhanced outcome, converting a crisis into an opportunity. He worked in partnership with the church, the local authority and specialist suppliers to deliver outstanding service Canon Mark Powell
Comment from the contractor The outbuildings were in a poor state of repair and we were aware that all plans and costings would be provisional until the real state of the building became apparent.We hoped to retain as much of the original structure as possible, but had to be flexible enough to deal with the unexpected. ASBC researched other nearby buildings of a similar age so that we could suggest the most appropriate designs for doors and windows â€“ and all of these were hand-made in our workshop. We restored and utilised a redundantVictorian oak door from another local church.This is now the entrance gate from Church square which leads down into a passageway to the new building. ASBC felt it was appropriate to manufacture a commemorative plaque which is installed in the new entrance corridor with sloping glass roof.This was unveiled at the official opening of the building by the Bishop of Derby on Sunday 15th September 2013
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