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Pargetting in Modern Times

                    The traditional art of pargetting need not display oldyworldy motifs or emblems. It can reflect the interests of a traditional building’s current occupants. This bravura example from Colchester is on the exterior of a building which was once, in the recent past, a motorcycle showroom. […]

Simple additions can cost dearly… not so sustainable.

      Take heed, local planning authorities have the right to prosecute building owners for failure to comply with listed building enforcement notice. In this case, the building owner was fined £400 and ordered to pay court costs, and also ordered to reverse and make good unauthorised works. Before any major alteration takes place, […]

Heritage seminars in Ipswich

  It’s fine time we had some attention and focus on heritage here in Suffolk, so I’m particularly excited to learn of the announcement by UCS Heritage of a series of lectures and seminars to be put on in Ipswich, and conveniently next to my office! It’ll be interesting to find out about the […]

Localism, listing and London.

Need I say more?

Assets of Community Value, a new listing system?

Regeneration of Historic Assets for Social Benefit

Trimley Station

Redundancy to Regeneration,Saved From Demolition

Where now for heritage?

Nobody seems to know what real impacts the National Planning Policy Framework will have on heritage and the historic environment. The heated argument and opinion from both camps will resolve and continue beyond any emerging case law and set precedents (which will benefit  and enrich lawyers and barristers). It seems that planners’ and heritage professionals’ […]

Fire and thatch, a burning issue

I thought that installing a woodburning stove in your timber framed, thatched cottage would’ve meant making a safer environment by enclosing naked flames within a box. Not so… alarming figures and published research has shown that conflagrations have increased significantly since the recent trend of installing wood stoves. During a day hosted by Suffolk Preservation […]

Adapt and re-use

The adaptive re-use of old buildings needs specialist skills and expertise in planning, legislation, building regulations and project management. Historic properties, if they’re to perform and adhere to current expectations of thermal performance and comfort, need sympathetic alterations that not only provide a neutral visual impact on the fabric, but continue to enhance all aspects […]

From steam to solar An amazing development…. The generated energy will contribute power to the train station, and any excess will feed back to the national grid. Over 4400 panels (600 sq.metres) are to be installed which will generate an estimated 900,000 kWh of electricity per year. Other resource saving technologies such as rain water harvesting and sun […]


Waney edge weather board, most probably larch. I like this, it gives the external an interesting and eccentric aesthetic. It’s very practical,  fairly inexpensive  and very easy to nail up. With a coat of creosote it’ll last for years and look the part. It is sourced and machined locally throughout the East Anglian region, therefore […]

Bus-stop of the Suffolk Vernacular

Bus stop built in to the local vernacular, using local materials and construction methods (waney edge larch cladding, pantile and Suffolk Red brick plinth). Does anyone know if there’s a thatched bus stop anywhere?  This bus stop in Friston, deepest, deepest Suffolk, and fits snugly into the local landscape, sitting pretty in its setting. It […]