A letter of recommendation from Donald Insall Associates
“Donald Insall Associates is an award-winning architectural practice and historic buildings consultancy specialising in the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as designing new buildings for sensitive sites. For over 60 years, we have pioneered a pragmatic and creative approach to managing change in the historic environment.”
It is our pleasure to write this letter of recommendation on behalf of the Original Roofing Company.
The Original Roofing Company were the main Contractor for the emergency roof repair works and historical plaster repairs to the cornice of Capel Peniel, a Grade I Listed Chapel in Tremadog, which is one of Wales’ most historically important Chapel’s.
We at Donald Insall Associates had no prior working relationship with the Original Roofing Company, whom was recommended to us by Ned Scharer of the Natural Building Centre, a trusted heritage consultant and local conservator whom we’ve worked with on many projects.
The scope of the works involved the careful recording of the existing random diminishing slate roof, repairs to the existing roof structure through splice repair method, the like-for-like re-slating of the roof cover and the re-torching of the roof. They also carried out historic plaster repairs to the Cornice of the Chapel’s Pediment.
The project took 13 weeks to complete, which was completed on time to a tight budget of just under £100,000. There was also a tight deadline for them to work to as the Listed Places of Worship grant had to be spent by the beginning of June 2018.
Works were completed under budget, which was a remarkable achievement considering the many challenging issues they had faced. The main issues they faced were the unearthing of structural timber issues, the sourcing of unique replacement slates in addition to the delays in acquiring a bat licence and the adverse weather conditions encountered at the beginning of the project.
Kaz and Sam’s vast experience working in construction sites paid off as their project management and coordination skills shone through. They were knowledgeable about all aspects of the project and they were able to plan, coordinate and manage the activities of different work crews effectively. They both remained closely involved and committed in overseeing the project from start to completion, which was critical in delivering the project to programme.
We, along with the Client Team, were very pleased with the completed works and we at Insalls would have no hesitation in inviting the Original Roofing Company to tender for future projects of this nature.
Since the completion of the project, we have invited the Original Roofing Company, and subsequently awarded them another roofing project on a Grade II Listed Church at Rhos On Sea, which we will be overseeing on site.
We recommend the Original Roofing Company to any Client whom requires any type of roofing works, especially a heritage roofing project, without any reservations. Should you have any questions about our experience working alongside the Original Roofing Company, please feel free to call us at Donald Insall Associates’ Conwy Office on the number provided at the top of this letter.
Gethin Roberts Pensaer I Architect For and on behalf of Donald Insall Associates