Experts in Historic Building Conservation
Brett Evans had an early start to his career in building conservation, when he enrolled in a furniture making course in 1998. He was fascinated by the traditional skills element of furniture making and wanted to learn more.
This directed Brett toward a BA degree in Built Heritage Conservation at Canterbury Christ Church University. Upon graduating, Brett went to work for one of his course tutors as a traditional carpenter and conservator. Here he learned many new skills, including traditional carpentry and timber framing, joinery, architectural drawing, lime plastering and repointing.
Brett continued his studies at the Weald and Downland Museum, where he enrolled on their Msc course in Timber Building Conservation. An in-depth course looking at specific issues relating to traditional timber construction and repair, using traditional tools and techniques.
Brett formed Evans Conservation in 2016, since then him and his team have worked for a variety of private clients and large organisations. His main goal is always to preserve and protect our built cultural heritage for generations to come.
James started carpentry by managing a carpenters workshop for the National Trust. This was part of his role as an estate warden. The workshop produced all manner of goods such as gates and furniture from the national trusts own reserves of timber.
He went on to study furniture making at the London School of Furniture and gained an Advanced City of Guilds in Furniture Making.
After study he happily chanced upon work in building conservation and has stayed in the field for 18 years. he worked on a variety of historic properties from large Wealden halls to Georgian town houses and Victorian semis. during this work he gained an understanding of traditional building techniques and technologies. While working he gained an MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment with Reading University.
The craft of building and in particular with wood has interested James from the time he first came into contact with an oak framed house. The patina and tool marks still present on the frame tell of the labour and skill given to create a building of such longevity. It is this connection to the past and the continuity of the craft that drives James to ensure these buildings survive for the next generations.