Heritage Building & Conservation Yorkshire

HB&C Yorkshire is a new specialist conservation and restoration company peopled by craftsmen with decades of experience and knowledge. Our highly skilled team are experienced in working on listed, fragile and heritage buildings across all sectors, and are fuelled by a genuine passion for the work they do.

Who we are

We act as both a main contractor and specialist subcontractor focused primarily on conservation, restoration and remodelling, and also undertake new build projects across all sectors. We offer a full contracting service and employ industry-leading management teams and directly employed operatives. Our highly skilled workforce are experienced in, and passionate about, working on listed, fragile and heritage buildings and monuments. We use traditional building techniques and craftsmanship, combining this with state of the art technology to provide our clients with the best possible service.

Our Mission

To deliver the highest possible quality projects on time and to budget; providing our clients with the best service. Collaboration and integrity are key for us as a company and we strive for both on every project. We hope the work we carry out on heritage properties, plays a role in securing and preserving historic British buildings and traditional craftsmanship for future generations.

Our Values

Our values define who we are as a company and drive everything do we. Simply put they are all about service and relationships – the core of our ambition is to provide the best service for our clients by delivering the highest quality results. We highly value the relationships we have with our clients and the collaborative approach we offer – we listen, we advise and we deliver top class craftsmanship.

 

Our Services

In addition to the full range of services associated with main contracting, we specialise in:

  • Stonemasonry
  • Brickwork
  • Lime Mortars
  • Plastering
  •  Stone cleaning
  • General façade cleaning
  • Rendering
  • Decorative painting
  • Terracotta repair
  • Terracotta replacement
  • Lime render
  • Lime washes
  • Roofing
  • Metalwork
  • Leadwork

Our Projects

We work for commercial and private clients and carry out projects across all sectors including: Public, commercial, ecclesiastical, residential and private.

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Bradford City Hall

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Bradford City Hall

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Bradford City Hall

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Bradford City Hall

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Hebden Bridge

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Hebden Bridge

CHRIS QUINN

Chris leads the Yorkshire office and has worked in the heritage building sector for over 12 years. He comes from a contracting background and started his career as a trainee site manager, working his way up through the various levels of site and contracts management to senior management. Chris has worked on challenging and prestigious heritage projects including Castle Drogo, Castle Howard, Pontefract Castle, Hexham Abbey and Liverpool Library.

SAM WELLER

Sam is Operations Manager for the Yorkshire office and comes from a hands on, stone masonry background. Sam worked as a stonemason for a number of years and understands the industry from the inside out. He has worked on outstanding properties such as Wentworth Castle, Bishopthorpe Palace and Roker Pier.

Our People – represent a wealth of experience

HB&C Yorkshire is founded on the strengths and experience of its staff from management to craftsmen. The majority of the team are local Yorkshire people who grew up around the historic buildings they now work on, and they are proud to be contributing towards preserving them.

We are on site at Pioneer House, Dewsbury!

Pioneer House is a Grade II listed former Co-operative Society building which has stood empty for a number of years, and has fallen into a state of disrepair due to a lack of maintenance. The property has recently been purchased by Kirklees Council, with the aim of putting the building back into use. The building is now proposed to be used as an annexe to Kirklees College. HB&C (York) works involve strengthening the existing building superstructure to allow a variable load capacity for its future use and  introducing lateral stability within the building, the upgrading of principal floor supporting members, removing lathe and plaster ceilings within the ballroom, infilling missing floors and stairs and replacing defective floors. The works will also incorporate any internal alteration works to accommodate proposals from the college to allow for necessary floor spaces.

As part of the overall structural strengthening scheme, internal historical and general fabric enhancement works will be undertaken which will include the introduction of tanking to all the basements, upgrading the existing drainage system serving the building, dry rot treatment works and undertaking some re-roofing works.

Works well underway at Gaunless and Brusselton Incline, West Auckland

We are well underway with this interesting project! On the route of the 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway from Brusselton to West Auckland, Gaunless and Brusselton Incline had been left to decay and become overgrown with weeds and shrubs over the years. Works were needed to clear the vegetation and reopen the Incline as a footpath. This included restoring the listed ancient monuments and structures; whilst promoting the historical and educational importance of the route to the area.

Our works include repairs to the masonry retaining walls, including the provision of new stone, repointing, removal of vegetation and rebuilding an accommodation bridge side wall, redressing an embankment, hand railing and steps, including erection of scaffolding. In one location the works entail the building of a stone faced concrete wall.

Pontefract Castle Undergoes Extensive Restoration

Heritage Building and Conservation (York) have just been appointed as specialist contractor to finish the ongoing works at the historic Pontefract Castle, a scheduled ancient monument. The works include constructing the new café and visitor centre using timber and glass to convert a former barn, and restoration work to the castle works carried out by our team of stonemasons who are using traditional lime and mortar techniques. The largescale conservation and restoration project at the castle has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, EPaC landfill charity, the Wolfson Foundation and Wakefield Council. Chris Quinn, our General Manager commented, “this is a fantastic opportunity for us to complete the construction of the café and visitor centre and apply our heritage building expertise to the castle, using locally sourced sand and stone, so it can be preserved and continue to be enjoyed by future generations. Some of our stonemasons have over 25 years’ experience of working on sites of this importance, many of which live and work in this region and understand just how important Pontefract Castle is to the history of the local community.”

It's a wrap at Bradford City Hall!

Heritage Building and Conservation have recently finished the stonework restoration at Bradford City Hall for the Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Our highly skilled stonemasons have been on site at the outstanding Grade I listed 19th century town hall for four years, undertaking the careful restoration of the stone façade including extensive repair works to the sculptural detailing. We were delighted that the quality of our work was praised recently in an article in the Telegraph and Argus newspapers with quotes from the Project Manager Steve Aldeguer and the Senior Building Surveyor Julian Chancellor.

An unusual perspective of St Michael and All Angels Church, Hathersage

Local photographer Simon Bull has taken some stunning photographs of St Michael and All Angels Church, Hathersage, where we carried out extensive internal re-ordering works. The Church is a Grade I listed parish church which dates back to the 14th Century and is well known to be the burial place of Little John. Our work included the removal of the out dated heating system and installation of a new heating system, as well as extensive repairs to the historic tiled floor and installation of a full engineered timber floor throughout the church. Photographer Simon Bull uses HDR to create a painterly, textured and 3D quality in his images, which beautifully evokes the atmosphere of the church.

Hope Chapel, Hebden Bridge Completes Another Stage in its Redevelopment.

The members of Hope Baptist Church have said “thank you” to Heritage Building & Conservation Yorkshire with a big cake and a few cases of beer from a local brewery. The presentation marked the end of a £1.4 million restoration project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and also a significant step towards turning Hope Chapel into a vibrant community venue. The project has included resetting the stone steps at the main entrance to the chapel, repairing the roof, restoration of the interior community rooms and works to the problematic gable wall at the rear of the chapel. Church member Gerard Liston commented, “the Team have been incredibly professional in the way they have carried out the work and sensitive to our need for continued use of the building”

Safety First!

We take safety very seriously here at HB&C and last Friday Mike, our H&S Manager, gave a valuable Health and Safety toolbox talk to the operatives on our Bradford City Hall site.
The talk began by covering the issuing of the HB&C Health and Safety Policy to each employee. Previously, the policy would be displayed in the site office/welfare facilities for operatives and staff to view but we believe that by giving every employee their own copy we can strengthen the awareness and importance of our H&S procedures and standards.
Mike explained what the Policy was for, how it is structured and reinforced the crucial point that everyone in HB&C, from the operatives to the Directors, has a responsibility when it comes to Health and Safety. The policy is there to be used as a reference to what our standards should be, so we believe providing everyone with a copy is very worthwhile.
Sam Weller, Operations Manager of Heritage Building & Conservation York, then gave the team an overview about the business as a whole, including what is happening at the moment, what fantastic projects we have won, our future workload and targets for the next six months, and our commitment to safety, quality and delivery.
The talk ended with an opportunity for the site team to ask any questions, be it open or confidential, and to express any ideas they may have, whether Health and Safety related or otherwise, to Mike and Sam. We strongly believe that an open and communicative stance is essential in a company such as ours and we strive to provide continual development to all staff.
We hope the team found the toolbox talk useful and we very much look forward to future toolbox talks by Mike and the Contracts/Site Managers.