"Dear Alex/Sean

Just received your final invoice in the post and have made the payment.  Bank have to do a security call back to me on Monday then the funds will be transferred.

Thank you very much for your fantastic work and being so helpful and lovely to work with

Best wishes

Nick"

Nick Capp - Tamhorn
Frederick Gibson RIBA AABC Accredited Conservation Architect

Boden and Ward have carried out conservation stonework repairs for us on several projects, all with great success. At Witley Court, an English Heritage Scheduled Monument, they were sub-contractor masons for repairs to the Perseus and Andromeda Fountain and main contractor for the west wing consolidation and Ballroom steps reconstruction.

They have also carried out external stone repairs to elevations, balconies and complete reconstruction of the internal stone cantilevered staircase and landings, as sub contractor masons, on a £4m repair project to a burnt out Grade II Georgian Mansion.

Boden and Ward were a pleasure to work with, for their knowledge and ability to produce good workmanship; I have no hesitation in recommending them for consideration on projects involving substantial stone consolidation and repair work.
 

Peregrine Bryant, Architecture and Building Conservation, London
We have worked with Boden and Ward for many years and always with satisfaction. In our experience their workmanship is exemplary both in the worked stone and in installation. This has included the carving of a pair of Ionic columns in Portland Stone for a Grade I London House as well as many other projects requiring quality and precision. They work efficiently and to programme and remain our masonry contractor of choice.

Roy Strudwick, Trinity, Jersey
Dear Sirs,

We would like to say that we have been delighted with the work completed by yourselves on the 4 storey staircase recently installed, being part of a development of a 21,000 square foot property in Jersey.

We feel that the workmanship of this staircase has added greatly to the value and compliments the property perfectly.”

John Barker MRICS FCIOB FRSA IHBC, Chartered Building Surveyor
The firm of Boden and Ward Stonemasons has been known to me for a considerable number of years. It has recently completed a major English Heritage/HLF grant-aided programme of stonework repairs to the tower and a series of large windows at the church of St Margaret, Crick, Northamptonshire (Contract Value £231396.00).

The work to the windows involved extensive half-soled stonework renewals to elaborate tracery which in the case of the largest window was particularly challenging due to ancient distortions caused by structural movements. In the majority of cases, label stops were renewed and took the forms of carved heads which illustrate the competency and skill of the labour employed in this type of work. The contractor proved appropriate organisational skills and attention to timescale.

Barry Clayton, Architect
Dear Sean,

I am pleased to offer my sincere thanks to all those individuals at Boden & Ward whose combined effort and skills brought the abovementioned contract to a successful conclusion.

The scope of works involved the removal of layers of gloss paint from the existing external masonry (BKS Stone Cleaning, specialist subcontractor); the erection of temporary scaffolding to support the existing stone entablature and timber roof above the porch; the demolition and removal from site of 2 No. deteriorated stone columns with associated bases and capitals; the cutting out and removal from site of 2 No. attached rear flat pilasters flanking the entrance door; workshop machining new ashlar components in Ancaster limestone as required to create authentic restoration of abovementioned columns and pilasters, etc; fixing these on site; repairs and/or replacement of damaged eroded or “lost” architectural decorative features on all three faces of existing stone entablature and cornice; lime pointing to all new masonry and to open joints on existing adjacent walls, etc.

You will recall from our site meeting on Thursday, 22 August with Mr. Nick Brand (Managing Director of Gayhurst Court Management Company) that both he and his fellow-residents in Gayhurst House are very pleased with the transformation in the appearance of this North Porch, which had looked so sad and neglected in recent years. The restoration is indeed worthy of the Grade I listed status of the building itself.

Revd Peter Breckwoldt Vicar of Moulton Parish Church
May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the superb job that you have done in working on the tower at Moulton Parish Church. May I speak not only of the excellent craftsmanship of your workmen but also the courtesy and efficiency of their work during the time they spent with us through the autumn. You did a marvellous job of co-ordinating all aspects of the work and for that I am extremely grateful and please pass on my thanks to all your staff involved in this particular project.

In particular I would like to express my appreciation of the superb work done by Mark Crouch. During his time with us, he organised your staff in a brilliant manner and was always helpful in all matters relating to the work of the tower. He also gave us, from time to time, very helpful advice in caring for a grade 1 listed building. Please also pass on our thanks to him.

John V Killman Treasurer and Church Warden Newton Longville
On behalf of St Faith's Church, I would like to thank you for the excellent work in constructing a new doorway and fitting a new oak door. Would you please pass on our thanks to your craftsmen? I was very pleased also, at the efforts your people made to minimise disruption and dust.

Should you have any enquiries wishing to see examples of your work, we would gladly welcome them here.

B J W Miller Mears Ashby
Firstly my wife and I congratulate you all on designing and making a stunning fireplace, from a hugely interesting piece of Swaledale stone.

The end result is stunning and we will forever be grateful for the co-operation and workmanship that you all have so willingly given to this project.

C H G Balmer The Old Deanery, Warwick
I would like to express my and my wife's thanks to your team for the excellent job they have done in repairing and repointing our walls, not to mention repairing our neighbour's garden ornament, and for cleaning up so thoroughly afterwards. On the basis of this experience we will unhesitatingly recommend your company to our neighbours.

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