Damp-proofing and timber specialists DTC are helping the National Trust keep history alive.
The trust is well-known for looking after high-profile properties like Cragside and Gibside Chapel, but also owns over 5,000 houses and cottages nationwide that it rents out to help pay for conservation work.
Now, it is turning to Washington-based DTC for its expertise in maintaining its portfolio of such properties.
With more than 27 years’ experience, the company’s managing director Neil Marsden is recognised as one of the UK’s leading professionals in the timber preservation and damp proofing sector, and is regularly called on to make speeches and presentations within the industry.
He is hoping the work will lead to more opportunities on some of the Trust’s high-profile buildings.
“The portfolio of properties is very diverse and made up of buildings that range in age and size,” he said.
“This is where our experience and strength lies.
“While many of the properties are 20th Century build, there are a high number that are older, with some dating back to the early 12th century.
“As you can imagine, a wide range of building techniques have been used across the portfolio, ranging from modern cavity wall through to coursed stone work and random rubble stone work.”
DTC took over from Marsden Preservation, after Marsden decided to focus on the firm’s core expertise of property preservation, damp proofing, timber treatment, condensation control and waterproofing.
He added: “We have built up a reputation for tackling jobs that are out of the ordinary and I’m sure this latest work will deliver up plenty of variety.”
National Trust building surveyor Jason Ritchie said: “The roll tenants play in enabling the trust to deliver its core aims and objectives is vital. Without their commitment to the preservation of our properties, the Trust simply could not achieve the significant amount of conservation and preservation that it delivers on an annual basis.”