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9th Sep 2019

An Inside Perspective; The BarrJoinery Team Recall their Favourite Heritage Projects

Over recent years the BarrJoinery team have had the privilege of working on some wonderful pieces of our national heritage – whether they be in public spaces, commercial or educational buildings or listed private residences. We ask the BarrJoinery team, which was your favourite heritage project and why? Here is what they had to say:


Lucy White, BarrJoinery General Manager: Joinery and cabinetry sit side by side in the workshop, but each with their own specialist teams and skillsets. One of the most interesting facets of our work is producing matched joinery for listed properties. In heritage buildings almost no corner is exactly 90 degrees! Templating and detailed studies into the original style, bespoke mouldings and fixings are often required. The Perch Inn, Binsey is a well known and much loved haunt for so many people and, as such, the project there was a particular favorite of mine. Working on The Perch's heritage matched doors and windows, in sympathy with the original listed building, was a wonderfully organic process with really pleasing results. The phase II Perch conservatory project was also a very rewarding project for the whole team.


Sam Eeles, BarrJoinery Senior Manager: "The Heatherby House lobby was designed as an exact replica of the original side entrance lobby, as seen in early 1900’s black and white photographs of the property. It was hugely rewarding to bring a lost element of a period property back to existence. Matched mouldings were created and specialist stained glass corner lights were sourced. Working in conjunction with StuartBarr CDR meant that the site fit was in sync with the whole house renovation and extension. I was the workshop manager at the time and was very proud of the team’s efforts and the finished project."


Harry Dorsett, Joiner and Fitter: "The Waddesdon Manor wine shop doors are definitely up there with my favourites. This project felt like we were contributing to something really special. I have happy childhood memories of visiting Waddesdon and so as an apprentice joiner, it was great to get the chance to work there. The huge wine room doors were matched to the originals and finished with Waddesdon’s trademark Pantone and heritage fixings."


Nathan McPhail, Workshop Manager: "The Albion Barn renovation in conjunction with the StuartBarr CDR team was one of my favourites due to the unusual nature of the small slatted windows and the much larger gable-end one. Matched exactly to the originals (the slats would have been to keep predators out and poultry in) in keeping with the original barn the end result was really pleasing – a great example of how a converted listed building can retain its old character but be perfectly engineered for modern living."


Max Watterson, Joiner and Cabinet Maker: "Recreating the external second quad doors for Jesus College was an exciting project for all of us. Working organisations like of Savills Oxford, Historic England and other specialist advisors was a great experience - there is always so much to heritage joinery than meets the eye. The seven door sets were individually templated, due to variations in the centuries-old stone surrounds. Each was handmade and installed with only mechanical fixings. It was traditional joinery work at its best. It was great to be able to see the project right through from the initial planning stage to the final fit and finish. We went on to work on the Jesus College dining room restoration project alongside the StuartBarr CDR team - which was cabinetry rather than joinery based but equally exacting work.

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