– By Owen Hughes
A family-run firm has won a prestigious industry award for its two-year long wood work restoration of an Edwardian house.
The 10 employees of Gelder Joinery, Headington, won Woodworking Project of the Year at the British Woodworking Federation Awards last month for its restoration of the Oxfordshire home.
Gelder Joinery began work on the project in November 2015 and supplied the property with 32 windows, 12 doors, three large garage door sets, a summer house and a stable block.
The restoration required was the largest conservation project the company had worked on and had to erect marquees and other temporary structures in order to make their workspace large enough to complete the work.
Bryan Gelder, managing director at Gelder Joinery, said: “We worked with four timber merchants who in turn sourced much of the material from France. We’re honoured to have won this award. All the team have played a part in this wonderful project and we are thrilled with the outcome so far.”
Gelder Joinery will return to the project to complete two loggias, two pergolas and a tennis pavilion with a decorative internally exposed roof.