Cottage renovation wins heritage prize

By County Echo Reporter in Business

Pembrokeshire-based builder Roberts Construction has scooped a prestigious Master Builder Award for work on a Trecwn cottage.

They scooped the prize for the best heritage project in the Federation of Master Builders’ Wales ceremony last week.

Now in its 13th year, projects in the Master Builder Awards entered by the builder must be backed up by the customer – giving homeowners the opportunity to support those companies that have delivered exceptional results.

Roberts Construction will now go through to compete in the national finals in London on 15 September.

The award was given for the complete renovation of a Grade II listed cottage on the site of a former school in Trecwn. The property was stripped back so that only the main wall structure remained. Samples of each element of the structure had to be retained in order that the building was reconstructed with all of its original features, without losing its historic value.

The roof structure was by far the most challenging aspect of the project for the company. Many of the construction methods that were originally used on the cottage have now been lost to modern techniques, meaning every day was a learning curve for the builders.

Ifan Glyn, director of FMB Cymru, said: “Roberts Construction should feel proud of their achievement and we wish them every success in the national competition.”

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