September 2015

The Hebridian Isles have generated enquires in September with specialist investigative work commissioned to the principal historic houses on Canna and Mull. The logistics of transporting surveyors, Rothounds and equipment to the outer reaches of the British Isles can be challenging and in past years extensive visits have been undertaken to Skye, Lewis and Raasay

H+R have undertaken a further appraisal for the new owners of Tottenham House in the Savernake Forest last visited in 2005 and 2013. A ‘sleeping giant’ in Wiltshire of which very few must now remain in the country that have not been refurbished. Following the theme, we have also undertaken specialist investigations of 18th century panelling to Percy House in the Tottenham Road belonging to Tottenham Hotspur FC!

H+R have been appointed to undertake specialist investigations on a series of railway station buildings spread throughout the country many in very obscure locations such as Mytholmroyd and Llanwrst. In addition, work for the National Trust continues with commissions at Nymans and Standen

David Watt continues to provide seminars on building pathology and timber decay for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as part of their CPD programme at various locations around the country and delivered the Baker Memorial Lecture on behalf of the Building Limes Forum at Clare College, Cambridge

In London, two commissions stand out at the historic ‘Geffrye Museum of the Home’ and the Royal Academy both relating to the risk management of damp penetration and retained moisture in masonry masses. H+R have worked on many arts and cultural projects and the recent completion of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery extensively involved our specialist services. Finally it has been a pleasure to continue August’s nautical theme with timber condition investigations being undertaken at the Windermere Steamboat Museum