Conservation Builders


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About Us

Brian started the business in 2005 but his interest in buildings started long before with three years of training to be a Surveyor at the College of Estate Management, Reading University. He subsequently choose a career in the Army but maintained a love of buildings by buying and doing up several old properties and learning skills in the process. Since retiring from the Army, Brian completed a one year course, qualifying with a Professional Development Diploma in Building Conservation and Repair, in collaboration with English Heritage. He has also attended other courses on lime mortars, lime rendering, cob repair, repointing and flint work. Many of these were run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) who's principles we adopt where possible to our business.


Bernard (MEng, MICE, CEng, PDD Building Conservation) grew up working with his Father helping him refurbish the family homes which sowed the seed for a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. He followed this with a career in large scale construction project management working on notable projects in London such as the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed HM Treasury in Whitehall. He also became a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Subsequently he set up and ran a renewable energy business in the South West of England before joining the family business in 2014. Since then, Bernard has been getting practical experience in all aspects of conservation and running the family business. He is currently completing his Professional Development Diploma in Building Conservation and Repair in collaboration with Historic England (formally English Heritage) whilst attending other courses with SPAB.