Ackroyd Construction, based in Basford Nottingham, has been restoring historic buildings since 1991. Starting as an electrical engineering subcontractor, working on listed buildings, Mick Ackroyd’s personal interest in historic buildings meant the company soon began restoration projects as the main contractor, restoring barns, period properties and even a Victorian glasshouse.
“I’ve been working with Longbottom’s for over 20 years. Most architects recommend them, plus English Heritage and the National Trust. One of the last traditional cast iron foundries in the UK, they produce high quality castings with an efficient service.
I use Longbottom’s for all my restoration projects. I recently needed to replace some early Victorian guttering for a circular roof (Malvern House, Nottingham). They were able to recast using original patterns and drawings from the 1860s.
The Longbottom’s team is fantastic; friendly, knowledgeable, a breath of fresh air actually.”
JG Restorations is a heritage build and restoration specialist based in Wiltshire. A builder by trade, Michael Bartoletti has fifteen years’ experience in heritage conservation with clients across London and the home counties. Restoration projects include churches and ecclesiastical stonework conservation and the repair of many listed and historic buildings. To maintain the character and special qualities of listed buildings they use traditional materials and methods, combining with modern technical advances only when appropriate.
“I’ve been working with Longbottom’s for many years. Most architects recommend them for restoration projects and nobody else has the expertise or offers the quality of product. The team are brilliant, extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. They hold many original moulds and patterns and can also easily replicate a mould when needed. We recently renovated a church at Clements Meadow in Wiltshire; it had ornate gutters that had rotted. I sent Longbottom’s a section and they searched their archive mould collection. As there was no match, they replicated a mould, so the building was restored to its original specification, even down to the guttering. This means the history of those designs are not lost and preserved for future generations to enjoy.”