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We are now approaching the final days of a two year involvement with Corbel who we have used to manage and deliver an extensive and at times complicated and sophisticated renovation. Almost all interior and exterior surfaces of our ancient house have been worked upon and treated with respect and care so as to give us now a modern house true to its history and construction. We are very pleased with the workmanship, day to day management and advice offered. Without the company's sensitivity to the age and importance of the building the result would have been much inferior. Corbel's brief was to work with our conservation architect, the statutory authorities and archaeologists to renovate what is said to be the oldest house in Somerset and the remnant of a former Bishop's Episcopal Manor dating to the early C13th. The project also had to respect the Scheduled nature of the site. In addition it was very important to us that we could have a good working relationship with not only the site manager but all the workmen involved. In this respect we have been very happy with the advice and care given on site and the respect given to us and the building by the workforce. Working with traditional materials Corbel have used craftsmen with uncommon skills to re-render the exterior, re-plumb and rewire, lay new floors, create a wonderful kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and showers, restore ancient stonework and decorate almost all of the house. Problems along the way have been dealt with promptly and at times creatively. Work on an ancient house is unpredictable in terms of time scale and cost and we have found that Corbel's estimates have not only been in line with expected rates but very close to the final costs charged to us. While Corbel had hoped to finish the multi phase project sooner the 18 months of work is on reflection a satisfactory period to do such an amount of work. Corbel organised the work so that the work could be undertaken around us without the need for us to move out. In summary Corbel have delivered a wonderful house true to the spirit of its ancient construction , within budget and on the whole it has been an enjoyable experience seeing the careful transformation first hand alongside a professional and sociable workforce.
Thank you very much indeed for the painstaking and loving care that you gave the unspoiled interior of the XIc Church of St Petrock. I was approached by the Churches Conservation Trust in February this year and asked if I would like to organise an event at St Petrocks to celebrate the repairs that were in hand. However as the months sped by and we reached June I was becoming concerned as to whether the interior would be suitable in time for July. I was not to be disappointed as one Monday morning close to the event I walked into the church and my breath was taken away. The church had been transformed back into a place of worship and especially to the forefront was the evocative scent of waxed pews! This was followed by the joy of seeing so much attention to detail being taken over the smallest things including a very high standard of heritage restoration. My sincerest thanks for working a miracle inside St Petrock.
Corbel Conservation Ltd was appointed by Trusham’s Parochial Church Council [PCC] to undertake a major re-ordering project starting in September 2013. The Contracts Manager and Site Manager worked closely with the architect and with us as clients throughout the twenty-four week project. The Church is a focal point for villagers and the contractors and sub-contractors were sensitive to the needs of the community and let visitors come in to the church when it was safe to do so to see progress being made. They were also respectful and aware that they were working in a sacred place. The work carried out from start to finish was of a very high standard. Corbels used highly skilled crafts people in all aspects of the work carried out for us.
I can certainly recommend the whole Corbel team very highly indeed. They have been our sole contractors at Halswell House for about a year now and the level of passion they squeeze out from their team is incredible. They all seem to love their subject and put that into care for their projects. They are working on elements from the C15th to C20th with us and we will also be asking them to repair a large cob wall in our C17th dovecote. I am sure if you do use Corbel you will come to think it a good decision, as we do on a daily basis at Halswell.