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Horton Court : A modern conservation project through the eyes of the contractor
Heritage and conservation projects have many stigmas attached to them. There is a fear that costs will spiral uncontrollably, contractual issues or dispute may be regular, skilled tradespeople could be hard to find and unknown issues could add lengthy delays to the programme. This paper aims to explain how these things can be controlled or avoided on a large heritage project of major architectural significance. After presenting this particular building’s journey, the paper will suggest some best practice principles. It will also propose a few possible ways in which the industry can change to eliminate wasted time, effort and money. This will hopefully lead to more of these fantastic buildings being saved.
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Chris Foster has a heritage sector career spanning over 20 years and has been fortunate enough to have worked on some of the UK’s most famous buildings. Starting out as a heritage carpenter, Chris has progressed through site management to his current role as Director at Corbel Conservation, where he heads up the operational side of the business.
Oskar Niewadzi holds a degree in buildings archaeology and a postgraduate certificate in architectural history and conservation. As a site and project manager, he has coordinated large-scale conservation projects up to £2m in value. In his current role of pre-construction manager, Oskar is responsible for estimating and QS support for financially complex projects.