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Walden Castle Open to Public After Restoration

Going back as far as the late 70’s Bakers have been carrying out conservation works to the medieval castle ruins in Saffron Walden. The castle comprises of the substantial ruined walls of a Norman keep which are exposed to the weather and constantly under threat from further deterioration.

The restoration and conservation work carried out by Bakers over the past eight years has stabilised the flint-rubble walls, making it possible to safely open the Castle ruins to public.

The internal arch and pier were rebuilt to provide greater stability to the structure and the visible wall surfaces were stabilised by replacing cement mortar with lime mortar. Bakers also installed soft capping, comprising grass turf to the top of the castle walls to help prevent further erosion caused by the adverse weather conditions.

The soft capping installed by Bakers is thought to be the first of its kind in East Anglia, which consists of harvested natural turf, over a layer of loam soil, secured in place using wooden pegs.

Soft capping acts as a natural thermal blanket, reducing the effects of frost damage, rainwater caught in the soft capping will later evaporate back into the atmosphere, rather than washing down the walls and being absorbed into the masonry which is vulnerable to damage in freezing conditions.

Bakers also installed a new LED lighting system which highlights the castle’s prominent position on the historic town skyline at night.

Bakers Contracts Manager, Adrian Ward said;

“We are delighted, after many years of hard work by our dedicated and experienced craftsmen, to have finally completed the extensive conservation works to the ancient walls at Walden Castle, which can now be open to the public to explore and enjoy.”

To read an article about the castle and its restoration on the Historic England website click here.

Work Experience Placement

Alex Bishop, a year 12 student from a high school in Chelmsford has joined our Church Department this week to gain some work experience. Alex contacted Bakers to ask for a work experience placement, hoping to gain an insight into building and restoration. Alex is studying A Levels in Product Design, Business Studies and Media.

Alex is shadowing our Contract Managers Monday to Friday this week. During his first two days of work experience, Alex has already visited our restoration project at St John the Baptist Church in Royston which was devastated by a fire back in 2018, a re-ordering project at Christ Church in North Finchley, learnt about the lath and plaster repair works taking place at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Shorne, Kent and attended a prestart meeting at Bruce Castle in London.

Alex said; “I'm keen on gaining some practical work experience in building and restoration, because I am interested in it and do product design in school which is similar, and I enjoy it a lot. My work experience with Bakers this week has shown me just how many people and companies are involved in one building project. I also didn’t realise how much planning goes into what they have to do!”

Alex has been helping the church department by making a list of materials needed for a forthcoming project. This list will be used by the Contract Manager and Site staff as a quick guide reference when looking at what materials are needed. From the list Alex is creating, the Contract Manager can quickly identify what is needed on the project and then refer to the drawings to calculate the quantities before placing orders. To extract the information he needs to compile the list, Alex is reading through the schedule of works for that project.

ISO 9001 Quality Standard

Bakers of Danbury are delighted to announce that we have achieved and are now accredited to ISO 9001:2015, after undergoing a successful three day audit late last year, of our Quality Managements Systems for both onsite and our head office. Meeting the ISO 9001 Quality standard demonstrates our ability to consistently provide goods and services that meet our customer and regulatory requirements.

About ISO 9001 Quality standard:

First published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) is the world’s most popular QMS. It is an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. A complete ISO 9001 Quality Management System must address all the requirements of ISO 9001, including the ISO 9001 documentation requirements. An ISO 9001 Quality Management System integrates the various internal processes within the organisation and provides a process approach for project execution. A process based QMS enables the organizations to identify, measure, control and improve the various core business processes that will ultimately lead to improved business performance.

Altius Assured Vendor Status

Bakers of Danbury are delighted to announce that we recently achieved Altius Assured Vendor status, by passing a rigorous independent assessment and accreditation process. Achieving the Altius Assured Vendor status is part of our drive to provide excellent business performance and a superior level of service to new and existing customers.

About Altrius:

Altius VA Ltd was founded in 2007 to provide significant benefits to both clients and suppliers working with, or within a supply chain. Used by thousands of suppliers nationwide, the Altius Accreditation scheme has been designed to give suppliers the platform needed to demonstrate assurance to new, existing and prospective clients. This is achieved through their rigorous supplier certification process and criteria, audits and awards supply chain excellence. Altius help Clients with three key areas: pre-contract, contract delivery, and continuous improvement.

Newsletter (Winter 2020)

This, our 30th newsletter marks the 15th year we have been publishing a biannual newsletter.

Projects featured within this newsletter for which Bakers of Danbury have been the Principal Contractor include external repairs to 3 and 3a Deans Yard for Westminster School, the second phase of works to St John the Baptist Church in Royston which had been devastated in a fire, a recently completed new build chalet style home and the recent restoration to the remaining stonework belonging to what is said to be the oldest Christian Church in England, believed to date back to AD 320, toward the end of the Roman occupation in Britain.

In addition to those projects, this newsletter includes updates from Bakers’ sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd and Pickford Builders Ltd.

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