Suffolk Building Conservation Associates

Expert carpenters, craftsman and artisans for specialist historic building conservation and repair

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Alan, Rory William and Mike are expert craftsmen with over 75 years combined experience in building and conservation who have grouped together to form your local premier building team: Suffolk Building Conservation Associates.

Alan WilkinsMike

Mike McConnell is a Historic Buildings Consultant, a member of the Institute Historic Building Conservation and has a qualification in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Cambridge. Mike has 15 years practical experience and 15 years working as a Conservation Officer in three Suffolk Local Authorities. Mike specialises in the analysis and treatment of damp and repair problems with minimal intervention to the historic fabric. He lectures for several Academic and Historical organisations and has a number of published articles on the subject. Mike will undertake condition and repair surveys, specification of work, and preparation of Listed Building Consent for repairs, alterations and extensions to listed buildings.  Or just provide friendly advice to help you understand and care for your historic building.

Tel:  01284 735057


Alan WilkinsAlan

With over 35 years of practical experience repairing and maintaining all types of traditional property in and around London and the South East of the UK, Alan moved to Suffolk and has spent the last 6 years working on and restoring timber framed buildings. Alan specialises in Lime and Earth plasters, clay lump and traditional infill, floors and brickwork.


Rory SummerlingRory

As a member of the prestigious Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as the mark of a conservation professional, Rory has over 15 years experience in the conservation of historic buildings.

He has carried out research into historic lime plasters and re-introduced the use of hairy chalk plaster mixes, to replicate the flexibility of plasters originaly used on Suffolk buildings.


William Clement SmithWilliam

As a timber frame carpenter, William has over 25 years of practical experience repairing all types of traditional timber frame buildings.

With a certificate in Historic Building Conservation and a Construction Skills Heritage Gold Card, William has experience in working on listed buildings and liaising directly with Conservation Officers and obtaining Listed Building Consent for projects and work carried out for clients.

He is happy to take on all aspects of timber frame repairs and also to construct new frames using traditional jointing techniques, for new builds or extensions to existing houses.