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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.

Wall Repair and Strengthening

Summary = Wall repair and strengthening carried out at Holy Trinity Church in Halstead

Location = Halstead, Essex

Challenge = The challenge was digging the pockets in between the trees as the trees prevented the digger from being able to get to where it needed to excavate.

Solution = Bakers of Danbury carried out hand digging where the trees prevented access for the digger. Bakers also adjusted some of the placements to achieve equally spaced ties.

To repair and strengthen the wall Bakers of Danbury dug ten 1.2m3 pockets along the length, to the back of the 36m churchyard boundary wall. The pockets were poured with concrete which was cast around 1.6m long stainless steel rods. The rods had been inserted through the wall. On the wall face they were tied and bolted to steel pattress plates.

To provide additional reinforcement, two lengths of Helifix reinforcing ties, set in resin were inserted along the face of the wall, extending the whole 36m length.

Cllr Mick Radley, Mayor and Chairman of Halstead Town Council said;

“I’m really pleased that the council has taken action to conduct major repair work to the Holy Trinity Church boundary wall and to recognise the excellent work that has been done. The wall has been leaning for a number of years and the recent repair work has now strengthened the wall along its length to hold it in place.

This work was conducted as part of the Town Council’s obligations to maintain closed churchyards and was funded from financial reserves specifically allocated to the work. Design work was commissioned to The Morton Partnership and the repair work to Bakers of Danbury Heritage Ltd. I would like to thank all of those involved with the repair for the excellent work they have done and with minimum disruption to the community.”

To keep up to date on similar conservation projects carried out by Bakers of Danbury visit our Latest News page or the Bakers of Danbury Facebook page.

St Nicholas Church, Harwich

Summary = Restoration to St Nicholas Church in Harwich, Essex included repair to water damaged walls, brick and stone repair and replacement, re-pointing and window surround replacement.

Value = £60,000

Location = Harwich, Essex

Solution = Completed in December 2020, Bakers managed a four month project carrying out restoration to St Nicholas Church in Harwich, Essex. The existing cement render to the parapet walls was cracking and blown in places, and the damaged render was trapping moisture behind it, which was in turn decaying the walls. After the render was removed, deep re-pointing was carried out to the brickwork joints. The fractured and defective yellow stock bricks were replaced with reclaimed yellow stocks. A breathable three coat lime render was applied over the top of the brickwork down to stainless steel bell drips.

Bakers repaired the brick parapet walls and octagonal chimneys. Bakers' sister company Collins and Curtis supplied window surrounds to two cast iron tracery windows in Stoke Ground stone. The cast iron windows were redecorated and re-pointing was carried out to that section of the South Aisle.

Internally, Bakers stripped areas of water damaged plastered walls, caused by defective lead downpipes. Three coat lime lime plaster was applied and the walls were redecorated to match the existing decoration. Those defective downpipes were replaced.

The timber access door to the spire parapet was replaced with a new oak door manufactured by Bakers' in-house joinery workshop. Minor electrical works were also carried out.

Past Restoration Projects at St Nicholas Church

In 2010 Bakers carried out a full redecoration of the whole church and installed three stone windows to the east end. Earlier in 2003 Bakers carried out substantial stone replacement to the tower and spire.

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.

New Build Detached House

Summary = New build detached house consisting of three bedrooms.

Challenge = A forever home built to adapt to the family's changing needs over the years.

Solution = Bakers of Danbury recently completed the new build detached house, consisting of a 3 bedrooms. The chalet style house was of a timber frame construction with a hand cut roof with a slate finish with rendered external walls.

The new build detached house was designed specifically for the use of the family as a forever home. The clever design will enable the house to adapt to the family's changing needs. For example low thresholds will allow disable access if it should be needed in the future.

Downstairs the house boasts an open plan living area comprising of a kitchen, dining room and lounge area. Bakers manufactured a bespoke sliding screen which gives the flexibility to separate the lounge area from the dining and kitchen area. When the screen is closed it looks like a wall, but when it is open it is cleverly hidden to provide the family with open plan living. As the house is chalet style, the two downstairs bedrooms are services by a modern wet room.

Upstairs the large landing space leads to the master bedroom, bathroom and study. The large landing area and study benefit from natural light through the feature windows at the front of the house.

The external grounds were landscaped to include a large drive laid with stone chippings, paving laid to both sides and exterior of the house with a decked entertainment area to the rear.

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.

Click on the image below to open the newsletter as a PDF document. To read other projects we are working on, please visit our service pages and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.