I can’t thank you enough for a wonderful and inspirational visit to the Walronds. To see what you’re achieving (in a building the like of which I haven’t seen in a town) was such a vindication of all that we in our passion for historic buildings stand for.
On behalf of the PCC I write to thank you for you and your staff most sincerely for a job well done on the decoration of part of the interior of the Church. We are delighted with the work and are looking forward to being in a position to proceed to Phase II. We must say that your staff we re most professional, helpful and co-operative working around Services, including the funeral of a former Churchwarden. We look forward to working with them again in the not too distant future.
The contracts are of size varying between £30,000 to £200,000 are among the most demanding of their nature requiring the highest level of on-site workmanship, coordination and management. The works in progress are proceeding very well, and are very close to programme and cost targets. I have come to know many of Splitlath’s operatives during recent years and particularly value their expertise, resourcefulness and well to achieve targets often considered impossible by other contractors.
We were all very impressed with the quality of the workmanship - the Tower staircase is a masterpiece! - the contract was completed on time - and within budget! Andrew and his team have done a magnificent job, and the appearance of the Tower Roof from the A456 does great credit to you all, and we have received many compliments from local’s and visitors. Please convey our appreciation to Andrew, and to all the scaffolding contractors, who also came in for praise, and to all those who contributed to a job very well done.
Thursday 14th August 2014
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
The purpose of this letter is to recommend to any prospective client the excellent services of Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd.
The Walronds is an ancient property, listed Grade l. It fell into disrepair and was placed on the English Heritage at risk register and was in imminent danger of collapse. The CWPT inherited the property in 2004 and set about raising funds for restoration. It received grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, Devon County Council and many others.
After being shrouded in scaffolding and a temporary roof in 2011, a development round was undertaken leading to full specifications and the preparation of bills of quantity which were put out to tender. The lowest offer came from Splitlath. Work began on site in October 2012 and was completed in time for a formal opening by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on 13 June 2014.
The property has been changed by Splitlath, led by the site director Shaun Gay, and his foreman, Darron Price, from a near ruin to a lovely building and garden with fine approaches. The standard of workmanship throughout has been very high. The main part of the building dates from work done between 1602 and 1605 following a fire. It contains original timber screens and panelling, decorative plasterwork and original glass. It is one of the most historically and architecturally important dwelling houses in Devon. Splitlath have given it a new roof of triple-lapped slate, and a protective covering with 90 tons of lime mortar. With the help of new Cintec technology, walls have been strengthened woth over 100 rods of stainless steel. Almost all weight bearing beams and many rafters and purlins now have stainless steel inserts as well as many stainless steel lintels, cleverly concealed. Every window has been removed and restored in frames made to templates designed by Shaun. Doors, floors, panelling have all been repaired and many new items have been installed. Fire proofing and insulating materials have been put under almost all floors amounting to many tons in weight and fire prevention measures are now in place throughout the house. The building has been given a completely new electrical installation and the plumbing and heating systems have also been replaced. Electricity and water have been provided in storage sheds in the gardens. The rear entrance has a new drive and electrically operated gates to the car park. The oldest part of the house and the garden walls are made of cob, much of which had been damaged by a covering of cement. All the cob has been repaired or replaced and preserved with a covering of lime mortar.
It has been a very complicated operation requiring constant supervision and real craftmanship. Shaun has an uncanny ability to keep a 3 dimensional picture of the task both in space and in time in his mind. With Darron to help keep a firm grip on the progress and standard of work, Shaun has done a wonderful job for us which exceeds our expectations.
I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent team to any prospective client.
Colonel Michael Woodcock MBE
Trustee and Company Secretary
We have found Splitlath to be an excellent specialist conservation building contractor with an interest in the delivery of a high quality project. Their focus is on the building and the work required. Throughout they either used 'in-house' staff or sub-contractors with the appropriate high skills required. They have been very responsive to the challenges that our project threw up and have been pro-active in their approach to solving solutions. I would not hesitate to recommend them for high quality and challenging conservation and repair projects.
Splitlath were knowledgable on timber framed buildings with a wealth of experience. They were skilled in working on a listed building and managed their site well with limited impact on adjoining areas and were able to accommodate the client remaining within other buildings on the site during the works. We would not hesitate in recommending Splitlath who were pleasant to deal with and also took variations and changes due to client and discovered building requirements within their stride.