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Winners of an Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2013!

OPT Plaque
We are proud to announce that Inspire Conservation have won an Oxford Preservation Trust award for our work at Magdalen College, Oxford last year.  We were encouraged by the local authority conservation officer to submit our project which was short listed from various projects that were put forward.  Out of the 16 nominated projects in the building conservation category we were one of only three projects to receive an award for our outstanding contribution .

We are shortlisted for the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2013!

OPT logo
  Inspire Conservation are proud to announce that we have been short-listed for the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2013 and we will find out if we have been successful in our category later in November.  We will of course keep you posted on the outcome.  We are a small conservation company who are pleased that we will be placed amongst other much larger and more established conservation companies this year.  We are proud that .

Britain’s Empty Homes BBC1 with Michael Sheppard and Baptist chapel conversion

Chapel House entrance
  Inspire Conservations very own Michael Sheppard has been part of the Britain’s Empty Homes programme on BBC1 today showing his family home and soon to be Lincoln office as an example of a full redevelopment of an empty building.  The show can be seen in the clip below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03gltdq/ Chapel House is a former Baptist chapel which has stood empty for a number of years and is adjoined to another house which will .

Statue conservation and cleaning in Harrogate, Yorkshire

Restored statues
  Inspire Conservation have completed a project for another local authority, this time in Yorkshire. We were instructed to clean and consolidate the marble statues that were donated to the town and have been recently situated in the town centre.  The statue has been a topic of debate with the locals as some love it and others have their reservations, but I’m sure you agree that there is a massive improvement following the repairs .

Inspire Conservation is celebrating its fifth year!

Conservation register
  Inspire Conservation is now 5!  Michael Sheppard set up Inspire Conservation five years ago after completing a two year project with Payne and Stewart at Cardiff castle.  Michael acted as the site manager over seeing a large team of wall painting and decorative surface conservators and specialist subcontractors. The companies humble beginnings started as MJS Conservation for a few years and established itself as a stone conservation company specialising in the treatment of .

Magdalen College, Oxford – Stone Cleaning and Lime washing

Monuments and statue conservation
Inspire Conservation would like to share one of our main summer projects with you.  It was at Magdalen College, Oxford and included selected stone repairs, extensive stone cleaning and lime washing of the cloister walls in a colour matched pigmented limewash.  The college was founded in 1458, the cloisters being built in 1474 alongside the old library and other buildings.  The buildings are highly decorated with bosses, grotesques and gargoyles and was executed under the mason William Orchard.  Famous alumni include Oscar Wilde and C.S Lewis! .

Ridgmont Station House

Harling render
Ridgmont station is currently undergoing extensive restoration supported by substantial investment from the Railway Heritage Trust (RHT) and the current owners Bedford Rural Communities Charity (BRCC).  Michael Sheppard at Inspire Conservation has been involved with the project and client from the beginning of the work two years ago following an inquiry from Simic Associates.  Michael has managed and performed the restoration of the external timber frame, lime harling panels, internal lime plastering, flooring and .
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