specialist historic buildings consultancy and contractors
Manorwood is a specialist historic buildings consultancy and contractor providing a range of services and Spicer handmade tiles to private clients, professionals and larger organisations.
With a focus on traditional vernacular buildings, particularly timber framed buildings, they provide specialist advice and services for projects involving the restoration, re-use or redevelopment of historic buildings. Based between Chichester and Midhurst in the heart of the South Downs National Park they undertake work throughout West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Manorwood have specified and installed Spicer handmade tiles on numerous heritage projects including at the Weald and Downland Museum near Chichester, The Wiston Estate, and on a number of Grade II and Grade II* buildings for private clients.
Manorwood’s Managing Director, Ben Kirk explains why they regularly use Spicer Handmade Tiles.“As a specialist historic building consultancy and contractor, we are charged with conserving historic buildings in a way that respects their character but also ensures they are maintainable and have longevity. Where we would have previously looked to use reclaimed tiles on our buildings, the inherent issues with frost damage and quality means that regular maintenance of roofs would be required to replace damaged tiles and the life span of the roof would be limited. Our preference is always to look at a new roof tile that has been manufactured in controlled conditions but has the aesthetic quality which reclaimed tiles have and which respect the intrinsic character of the historic buildings on which they are used.
Spicer Tiles are one of very few manufacturers that do exactly this, and we have used them on numerous projects now where the finished roof has been complemented not only by the client but also by Conservation officers and Planning Officers. The added benefit of a 30 year guarantee, great customer service and the fact we are dealing with a family run company in a world full of corporates means we continue to specify Spicer Handmade Tiles on many of our projects.”