Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Firm Is Securing a Future for Our Historic Buildings

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Firm Is Securing a Future for Our Historic Buildings

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk

AFAMILY firm which played a key role in rescuing a unique historic barn in Northumberland has been rewarded with a national accolade.

Team Force Restoration is a building conservation company led by master stonemason Brendan Teasdale and is based in Blyth, Northumberland.

It was the main contractor on a project to restore the Grade II* listed Black Barn at Tow House, near Bardon Mill, which was on English Heritage's at Risk Register.

The 18th Century barn is the only structure in England to have retained original heather thatch - once common in the uplands of Northern England.

The heather roof had survived because it was protected by corrugated iron sheeting, but this had been removed in the 1990s as an attempt was made at minor repairs, and the barn and its roof had suffered signifi-cant deterioration.

Now the restoration project has seen Team Force win the heritage category of the national Construction Excellence awards, held in London.

Previously, Team Force had won regional Construction Excellence awards for its work on Lindisfarne Priory in 2011 and in 2013 on the lighthouse and medieval monastic cell on Coquet Island in Northumberland.

It was also commended for its part in restoration work at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland.

Brendan said: "I became a stone mason because I love buildings and I wanted to help to conserve them."

The barn is also one of only a handful of timber-framed 'cruck' buildings north of the Tees - a construction dating from early medieval times ing from early medieval times in which naturally curved, rough-hewn wood is at the heart of the building.

The restoration was backed by a PS145,000 grant from PS145,000 grant from English Heritage as well as contributions from the building's owners and Northumberland County Council. …

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