About Us

Tel: 01458 832441


Multi award-winning specialists in the cleaning, repair & conservation of historic stonework, statuary, monuments & decorative surfaces

The company operates both as main contractor, sub-contractor and as a specialist consultant in surveying and issuing conservation reports. We undertake the repair and conservation of historic fabric across a range of projects that incorporate architectural stonework, archaeological sites, museum pieces, church monuments, historic plaster and render, sculpture, polychrome and decorative surfaces.

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We monitor and report on decay mechanisms as well as executing complex conservation specifications including the cleaning, consolidation, structural, conservation repair of historic fabric where necessary. We also specialise in consolidation of sculpture and decorative finishes.

As a main contractor we are experienced at working alongside key consultants such as structural engineers, mortar and paint analysis consultants and supply chain representatives. We have proven track record of managing and working with specialist subcontractors such as historic timber carpenters, lighting engineers, lead workers, glaziers, fabricators and scaffolders.

Meet The Team

The Strachey team has a diverse portfolio of expertise, giving a considered and skilful approach to the past. Our experience spans over 30 years. We have worked on a wide range of churches, monuments and historic sites, providing a full service from conservation reports and surveys, through to execution on site by our highly-skilled team of consultants, masons, carvers and conservators.

Jake Motley

Managing Director

James Preston


Sally Strachey ACR

Technical and Consultancy Lead

Nick Sharland


Lucy Durnan

Associate Director

Lisa Edwards

Contracts Manager

Lizzie Pittwright

Associate Director - People Operations

Jemma Routledge

Associate Director & Consultancy Manager

Aaron Crossley

Admin Co-Ordinator

Lee Hargreaves

Senior Conservator

Rachel Lawson

Site Manager & Conservator

Emma Carr

Site Manager & Conservator

Columba Strachey

Site Manager & Rope Access

John Mullins

Site Manager & Stone Mason

Jack Griffin

Stone Mason


Awards & Accreditations

We are committed to health and safety and we are accredited with the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) as well as Constructionline. All members of staff receive appropriate health and safety training and all operatives on site are required to pass the Health and Safety Awareness tests as laid out in the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme.

We also maintain a rolling programme of training through CITB and in CDM Regulations and asbestos awareness. Our external health and safety consultants are Health and Safety Associates, based in Cornwall. They are specialists in understanding the challenge of historic sites. Within the company our site managers are SSSTS and/or SMSTS trained. One of our managers is also IOSH trained.

2022 – Building Safety Group Best Project Award

BSG Member of the Year Central & West: Health & Safety in Planning and Design

2022 – Museum & Heritage Awards Restoration or Conservation Project of the Year

Highly Commended: The Wellington Monument

Client: The National Trust. Architects - Inskip Gee Architects. Structural Engineer - Mann Williams. Main Contractor - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation

2021 –The William Stansell Somerset Historic Building Awards

Fabric repairs: Low Ham Church, Somerset

Client: The Churches Conservation Trust. Designer - Andrew Faulkner Assoc. Main Contractor - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation.

2021 – The Oxford Preservation Trust Awards

Plaque Winner - Outstanding Contribution to Oxford: Conservation

St Mary’s Church, Iffley: Architect - Andrew Townsend Architects: Contractor - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd

2020 – SPAB The John Betjeman Award – Highly Commended

St Andrews Church, Trent, Dorset – Conservation of the spire stonework

Architect - Philip Hughes Associates: Contractor - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd

2019 – Devon Historic Building Trust Conservation Awards

St Nicholas Priory, Exeter. For repairs to an historic building or structure.

Client - Peter Davis for Exeter City Council: Main Contractor - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd

2019 - Brick Development Association Awards

Fulham Palace - Craftsmanship in London - Commended

Architects - Purcell: Brickwork Contractor - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd: Brick - HG Matthews - Fulham Palace Clamp Fired

2018 – Museums & Heritage Awards

Restoration or Conservation Winner – The Royal Parks for The Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project.

Contractor: Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd

2017 - PMSA's Marsh Award

for Excellence in Conversation of a Public Sculpture or Fountain 2017 for the Perseus & Andromeda Fountain, Witley Court & Gardens.

Contractor: SSHC Ltd /

Client: English Heritage

2017 - Rics Awards

Building Conservation Category

Queens House & Bell Tower, The Tower of London

2017 - SPAB John Betjeman Award 2017

Winner - The Portico Project at St Pancras Church, London. SSHC has been part of the design stage team for this project.

Architect: Benjamin & Beauchamp Architects

2016 - South West Built Environment Awards Heritage Award - Winner: Kier Construction for Cannington Court

As a specialist subcontractor for Kier Construction, SSHC Ltd undertook a major programme of cleaning and repairs to stonework on the interior and exterior of Cannington Court as well as plasterworks on the interior including to the cupola.

2016 - The William Stansell Somerset Historic Building Awards

Commendation for the Church of St John the Baptist, Yeovil.

Designer: Benjamin & Beauchamp Architects /

Contractor: Sally Strachey Historic Conservation.

2015 – Shortlisted for The Historic England Angel Awards

For complex conservation repairs to the Grotto, Shaftsbury Estate, Dorset.

Architect: Philip Hughes Associates. Contractor: Sally Strachey Historic Conservation

Learning & Education

The company is committed to the continuing professional development of all our team at every level and in all disciplines, through a robust in house training programme supported by the CITB. We utilise grant opportunities to support ongoing training to our workforce on specialist courses and at technical conferences. We actively seek apprentices and employ them under strict supervision on our sites. We have working relationships with the two main Stone Masonry Colleges in the West Country. The structure of the company encourages the exchange of information and knowledge and encourages debate and learning.

We fully support the engagement of the local and wider community in heritage sites and skills and regularly participate in educational community initiatives. We offer community benefits in the localities of our sites by providing training, often in areas of high unemployment. We operate on site training days on site for SPAB members, architects, the National Trust, members of the public including school children.

We also offer professional CPD sessions for heritage agencies, architects and structural engineers. The company regularly contributes to technical journals and also lectures at conference and technical days, including the SPAB and ICON as well as to the post graduate university courses at Cardiff, Bath and the Architectural Association.

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