(New section that I will add to, as time permits….)
A random selection of Ian’s work in the UK and abroad
Repairing damaged old brickwork
This section of old brickwork has been chopped about and altered several times over the decades, mostly in the provision of modern services (plumbers eh!).
When brickwork gets this bad the only sensible long term repair is to carefully remove it and rebuild, using a suitable lime based mortar of course.
Chimney caps suffer more weather than anywhere else on your house and can get pretty worn out in a few decades. This one has a broken capping and spalling brickwork. The only option is to take it down until sturdy brickwork is found again. All done with lime mortar again, looks great I think.
Humanitarian work in East Africa
I worked with the British Conservative Party on the first Project Umubano, taking volunteers from the party into Rwanda to learn from and exchange ideas at a local level. I set up several placements for them and provided in country support.