Heritage Open Day at the Polish Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Reading
As part of the 2018 Heritage Open Days, England's largest festival of history and culture, the public were invited to view the beautiful
Church buildings and learn about the history and culture of the Polish community. Oxley Conservation has been pleased to be part of the
extensive restoration of this Victorian grade II listed Church. Rupert Hilton gave a presentation on hot lime techniques.
Energy Conservation in Traditional Buildings Course
Richard Oxley ran a day course on Energy Conservation in Traditional Buildings at The Weald & Downland Living Museum on Thursday
17th May 2018. The course reviewed the measures available for improving energy efficiency and their suitability and effectiveness when
applied to traditional buildings.
Our 2017 Conservation Day
Our 2017 Conservation Day was held on Wednesday 22nd November at The Chantry House, Henley on Thames. The theme for the day
was timber-framed buildings and materials. Speakers included Michael Dunn, Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas for
Historic England, Joe Thompson, Carpenter in Residence at Weald & Downland Living Museum, Simon Corbey, Associate Director
of The Alliance of Sustainable Building Products and Steve Finney, a traditionally trained carpenter and joiner. Click here for further
IHBC South Branch Summer Seminar
On Friday 14th July 2017, Richard Oxley gave a speech about Conservation vs Restoration at the IHBC South Branch Summer Seminar. The seminar covered a range of topics directly relating to the IHBC’s Membership Competencies and Code of Conduct. Click here for more information.
Oxford Green Week
On Wednesday 21st June 2017 Richard Oxley gave a presentation on "Overcoming the Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Older Buildings" at the "How to Green your Historical Home" event during Oxford Green Week. Click here for more information.
Our 2016 Conservation Day
Our 2016 Conservation Day was held on Wednesday 23rd November at The Chantry House, Henley on Thames, a Grade I listed building. Click here for photos. Presentations were given by Richard Oxley, Phil Ogley and Liz McGugan of Oxley Conservation. Nigel Copsey, a stonemason and building conservator, spoke about the history of hot mixed limes and gave a practical demonstration. Ian Mawditt from Four Walls spoke about ventilation, energy efficiency and old buildings. Peter King from Aereco spoke about ventilation systems. The day was very well received.
Richard Oxley presented a masterclass on Surveying Retrofitted Buildings for the STBA (Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance) on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at the Sustainable Development Foundation offices in London. Click here for more information.
We are pleased to announce that we are now members of Constructionline, the UK's leading procurement and supply chain management service whose procurement procedures improve the supply chain management process by reducing risk.
Our 2015 Conservation Day
Our 2015 Conservation Day was held on Wednesday 11th November 2015. Speakers included Professor Bill Gething from the University of the West of England, Caroline Rye from ArchiMetrics Ltd, Dr Martin Coombes from Oxford University and Stacey Waring, an interdisciplinary zoologist. Click here for photos and more details.
CADRA Open Meeting - Energy Saving in the Home
Richard Oxley was one of the speakers at the Caversham & District Residents' Association Open Meeting on Wednesday 21st October 2015. Richard spoke about energy saving issues specifically for older buildings. The other speakers were Ian Gough, Director of Reduce Energy Ltd, who gave a broad overview of the range of options for energy saving in the home together with some potential pitfalls and Tony Cowling who has built his own low energy house.
DAC Conference 2015
Richard Oxley gave a talk on historic masonry conservation on Monday 21st September 2015 at the DAC Conference in the Diocese of Oxford.
Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Re-issued
This scheme aims to deliver significant environmental benefits in priority areas. Click here to view projects we have previously been involved in.
Richard Oxley's podcast
Richard Oxley recently talked to House Planning Help about why understanding an old house is such a vital first step to take before upgrading its performance. House Planning Help's aim is to ask experts in their field questions about building or retrofitting in order to broaden people's outlook of what building or renovating a house is all about and therefore building a better home as a result. Click here to play the podcast.
Update on Woolley Firs Conversion Project
Monitoring at Woolley Firs show positive results and benefits of internal wall insulation [IWI] installed at the farm building conversion for BBOWT. The results of the monitoring will help provide confidence in the use of IWI on solid walled buildings and their ability to continue to allow the traditional performance of the walls. Click here for the findings.
Our 2014 Conservation Day
We held a Conservation Day in November 2014. The day comprised of a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations Challenges and Conflicts in Building Conservation. The day was set in The Chantry House, a beautiful Grade I medieval timber framed building in Henley on Thames. Speakers included Natalie Merry, Oxford DAC Secretary, Brian Ridout, Senior Architectural Conservator at English Heritage, Roz Artis, Director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, Graham Stone from Stonehouse Property Care, Matt Smith from Natural Building Technologies Ltd as well as a practical demonstration on how we are using a remotely piloted aircraft (drone) to assist in high level inspection surveys. The day was well received with positive feedback. Click here for more information and pictures taken on the day.
Swift Boxes at Sacred Heart, Reading
Nest moulds made by Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation were placed in the swift boxes at the spire of the Sacred Heart Church in Reading at the beginning of May 2015. The swift call boxes will be turned on every Spring in an attempt to attract swifts to nest.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft High Level Inspection Surveys carried out for National Trust
In 2015 The National Trust commissioned three High Level Inspection Surveys to review the condition of the roofs, chimneys, parapets and other high level features of The Vyne near Basingstoke, Hatchlands House near Guildford and Cliveden Mansion near Maidenhead. These inspections will help the National Trust to ascertain any maintainenance issues in these hard to reach areas.
STBA - first affliate member
In 2013, Oxley Conservation became the first affliate member of the STBA (the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance), who have a mission to understand and quantify the real performance of traditional buildings regarding energy and carbon use, resource efficiency and health effects.
Central LABC Awards for Woolley Firs Stables and Cartshed
The conversion works of the redundant 18th century farm building into an Education Centre for Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) were recognised by Central LABC as having a high standard of construction and workmanship. They were awarded the winner of the Best Educational Building at the Central LABC Building Excellence Awards 2012. Click here to read more.
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We offer our historic buildings consultancy services in South East England including Oxfordshire, Berkshire,
Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and London