An extraordinary renovation of a Grade II* listed part-medieval hall in South Gloucestershire, once owned by Henry V’s standard-bearer at the Battle of Agincourt, has been crowned the Master Builder winner at the National Master Builder Awards in this year’s Federation of Master Builders . The team also won the major renovation project award for the building.
Based in Wiltshire Stonewood Builders Ltd triumphed at the Master Builder Awards, which were held online on September 24and by television presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles.
The awards recognize excellence in construction, quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service, and are run by the Federation of Master Builders, the UK’s largest construction industry trade association, which celebrates this year of his 80th birthday.
Charged with the difficult restoration of a vast and deteriorated property, parts of which dated back to the 12and century, Stonewood Builders Ltd have demonstrated expert craftsmanship and a deft touch in preserving the historic attributes of the property, whilst upgrading the property to modern standards.
The range of heritage techniques used to complete the project, including whitewash and slatted ceiling installations, stunned the judges, who praised the superb quality of finish and an “outstanding” result for the client” delighted “. “We now live in a beautiful house steeped in history, but one hundred percent suited to modern family life,” the client said.
Stonewood Builders had to overcome many varied issues to deliver this build. Insensitive 1970s renovations have been removed and period features reintroduced and restored. The grand hall’s oak-panelled staircase is remarkable, as is the 16and century-old fireplace restored and aged with yogurt. The original support beams in the bedrooms have been repaired, restored and sandblasted to form beautiful high ceilings above the whitewashed stone walls. The insulation that has been added to the walls is just one of the many touches that give this old house a decidedly forward-looking look.
The judges hailed the construction company’s rare skills and knowledge in deciding when to employ them to complete a renovation fit for royalty.
Reacting to his company’s victory, Ben Lang, Chief Operating Officer of Stonewood Group, said: “We feel very privileged to win this award. It is absolutely exceptional. It was a fabulous project, and FMB is a great organization, so we couldn’t be happier. The resulting exposure and profile is a game changer. »
Brian Berry, Managing Director of FMB, welcomed the success of the Master Builder Awards 2021 and congratulated Stonewood Building Ltd saying: “The Master Builder Awards celebrate the pinnacle of the UK building industry, and I am delighted that we have been able to recognize outstanding craftsmanship and brilliant craftsmen in the competition of the year. These awards are all the more special as they come after the most difficult 18 months for small builders.and birthday, we have another reason to celebrate.
Barry added: “The refurbishment of Stonewood Builders Medieval Hall demonstrates what British builders do best. It’s a beautiful, smart build, which has retained a bit of history and created a comfortable home. The range of skills and trades displayed, as well as the quality of work and customer service, were phenomenal. This is what it means to be a Master Builder.
George Wallis, Marketing Manager at Isuzu UK, who supplied the winner with a new van worth over £37,000, said: “This project won the Master Builder of the Year award due to the quality of construction and the sympathetic nature of the development, combined with the incredible craftsmanship skills to be delivered. What a stunning result at the end.
Jan Etchells, FMB National President and National Judge for this general category of Master Builders, said: “It is an exemplary project. I think they have embraced the requirements of the 21stst Century alive perfectly in keeping with the actual age of this Grade II listed medieval hall.”
Notes to Editors
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK’s largest construction industry trade association, representing thousands of businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Founded in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized construction companies (SMEs), the FMB is independent and non-profit, defending the interests of its members at national and local level.
FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, offering a range of modern and relevant business creation services to help them succeed. FMB is committed to improving quality in the construction industry and offers a free Find a Builder service to consumers.