Here is one we did earlier…

30 August 2017

Something very different to show that we get our hands dirty and don’t just tell people how to restore things… this is something Jonathan restored “some years” ago ...

Bonhams are selling this 1931 Stanley Argson motorised Invalid Carriage on Saturday the 2nd at Beaulieu National Motor Museum.

With a 175cc Villiers 2 stroke steered using something like a spade handle and with only weak rear brakes, it’ll do well over 30mph and is a fun drive for those of a stout constitution with two left hands, you only need one right one.

Form an orderly queue please ...

The Weather does not understand Fashion

21 December 2016

Historic Environment Scotland's announcement of their Short Guide "Safeguarding Scotland’s traditional buildings against climate change" is the latest in a series of information they have published on how changing weather patterns affect traditional constructions and illustrating methods of reducing the impact of changing weather on older buildings (and their occupants).

We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland have drawn the cover image from our photograph of one of our projects and that they have selected two more photographs inside to illustrate good adaptions we have made to detailing to reduce the damage rain and wind driven rain had been causing. (Figures 16 and 35)

We continue to help clients manage how their buildings adapt to changing needs of all types; whether that is meteorological change , increasing bills or simply changing requirements for how they use their buildings.

"Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings" is a free publication and is available to download from the Historic Environment Scotland website.

Atholl Estates Newsletter - Winter 2016

08 December 2016

There is a wonderful article in the Atholl Estates Winter 2016 Newsletter giving the Blair Charitable Trust’s description of the newly completed works to the South Roofs at Blair Castle. It includes a drone’s eye photograph of the completed roof and an item about the SPAB Fellows and Scholars visit to see the works; we took them to see all the work the Blair Charitable Trust has carried out in the last 5 years.

Later in the Newsletter there is an item about Kirstie Allsopp's visit to the castle to film ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’. This show was broadcast on the 7th December on Channel 4 and includes some excellent drone footage of the new roofs.

Droning On - Temple of Decision and the House of Falkland Stewardship Trust’s Falkland Craft Symposium

18 July 2016

As part of the process of understanding how this delightful temple fell down we asked a local resident Mark Ryan if he could take aerial views of the site using his drone and camera. The results far exceeded our expectations and will form not only a useful tool to identify the stones’ location for the August start of the consolidation of the Temple in preparation for its rebuilding, but a record of the start point of the Trusts rebuilding programme for the Temple. Those who wish to learn more about work at the Temple of Decision and more widely at the House of Falkland might be interested in The Falkland Craft Symposium on the 19th to the 21st August.

Scaffold goes up at Blair Castle

07 June 2016

The Blair Charitable Trust is once more making a major investment in Blair Castle’s fabric by employing Bruar Construction and Restorations to manage the re-slating of the entire South Roof area of the main castle block with new Cumbrian slate. The area is still slated with its original slates from the Craiglea quarry in Perthshire, but they had been re-dressed and relaid on lime:hair slurry sometime shortly after the First World War and are no longer large enough to keep increasing rainfall out of the roof structure below. All allied lead work including a series of curved lead rhones will be carried out as well as the relaying of original stone roof ridges on damp proof courses and re harling areas that are failing. The new slating will return the castle’s south roofs to the more regular appearance which they had after David Bryce’s remodelling of the castle in 1872.

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Rebuilding Penicuik New Garden “The Lost Garden of Penicuik”

24 May 2016

John Dennis Ltd have just completed the consolidation of the base walls of the West Plant House. The Penicuik Community Development Trust’s aim is for this to be the start of a process of rebuilding the garden that John Dennis built in the 1870s. JGA and Elliott & Co with John Dennis dismantled the remaining timberwork from the greenhouse and the Trust have stored it in the garden lean to’s as a record for the plant house’s rebuilding in the future.



Ardchattan Priory Project Update

19 Oct 2015

We are delighted to say that the scaffolding is now down at Ardchattan Priory after an extensive roof repair, re-slating and re-pointing contract to the oldest parts of the house. The work exposed some significant and unexpected surprises and the scope had to be extended to rectify them, but both the clients and our colleagues on the building team’s perseverance, forbearing and commitment has produced an excellent end result which should protect this part of the buildings for many years to come. Our thanks to them all for the enjoyable work.

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Unsolicited praise is always welcome!

09 Mar 2015

Jonathan Gotelee Architect have recently received unsolicited praise from several clients, so please don’t take our word for it, take theirs!

A very experienced client’s comment on our first report about a difficult set of issues with the roof space of a Category ‘A’ Listed building:
“Many thanks - an initial report worthy of your title”

Upon helping a group of clients to a full understanding of the issues that their Category ‘A’ Listed property faces:
“…you have explained everything brilliantly…. I am hugely appreciative of the work that has been done to take us to this point - a model of its kind”

On receiving grant funds for the completion of a maintenance plan for House of Falkland:
(We) “….very much appreciate also the very good and exceptionally helpful service you give us”

And finally, on completion of a project re-organising interiors in a Category ‘A’ Listed house:
“I just wanted to thank you for all the work you've put in here. You have been wonderfully efficient and I've admired your precision and attention to detail enormously. The whole project has been an uplifting and very pleasurable experience”

What is more wonderful is that all of these clients have asked us to carry out further work on different projects, we are very grateful for their appreciation of JGA.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year .. again!

19 Dec 2014

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Glasgow City Heritage Trust Talk

24 Mar 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

17 Dec 2013

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Say Hello to us

22 Jul 2013

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