dorset

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Weekly Blog – 40

On my travels to East Sussex I noted a technique we don’t see much in the west country – galletting. This is a method of filing wide joints with pebbles of shells, pushed into the spaces between stones, which if merely filled with lime mortar would be too wide. This little cottage in Winchelsea has an alternating pattern of scalloped tiles at first floor above limestone with mortar joints incorporating pebbles (probably from Winchelsea Beach). Many houses in Winchelsea have cellars dating from the early C15 when they were trading merchandise with the French before the harbour was completely silted […]

Slaters Yard Dorset West Bay Art Gallery Kim Sankey

Weekly Blog – 39

As my second summer working at AAL comes to an end, my departure for university feels bittersweet as I am deeply grateful to start the final year of my Part 1 qualification with valuable experience, however, I am going to miss the working environment. Over the past 3 months, I have been closely involved with at least 11 applications for planning and listed building consent across Dorset, Devon, and Somerset.  The work has been extremely varied – from CAD drawings and heritage reports to site visits and working lunches. I have also been fortunate enough to work on projects of […]

Weekly Blog – 37

Tackling multiple projects simultaneously can prove quite difficult, but fortunately, we have a team of reliable colleagues who are managing their own areas of expertise. We are part way through a survey of a house near Stogumber, designing alterations to numerous listed buildings and writing reports to support these with input from our building surveyor, tree consultant and historian. Loads of applications in the system but almost all ‘stuck’ with extensions of time being requested daily.  It seems as if the projects which were scheduled for commencement this year will be waiting until 2022 due to the long lead-in time […]