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Durham Environment Awards 2014 - Award for Craftsmanship!


Countryside Consultants have once again gained a County Durham Environment Partnership Environment Award!


The award for Craftsmanship was given to First Byre at East Lonton for 'the outstanding contribution to the improvement of the local historic environment, retention of historic features and the use and encouragement of local crafts'.


Peter and Sonia Kempsey attended the Awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham with Andrew Walker of R Walker and Son builders who undertook the consolidation works.


The works included:


Reinstatement of the original floor including cobbles, flagged passageway and raised walkway

Recording and reinstatement of historic features including water channels, masonry courses showing historic changes in building height, ironmongery and wooden stalls and mangers

Underpinning walls

Galetting technique to fill larger open joints using hydraulic lime mortar

Fixing salvaged sandstone roofing flags using copper nails and hydraulic lime mortar


Peter said he was delighted to receive the award and delighted that this traditional barn, with a wealth of historic features, which was in a state of disrepair and danger of eventual collapse, can now remain in good condition for the foreseeable future.



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