FWA Conservation is an integral part of the Fairhust Ward Abbotts Group, building on the heritage of the company 70 years after it was established in 1941.
Our timeline begins during the Second World War when we specialised in the camouflage painting of Aircraft Hangers for the Air Ministry. This was followed by major project work for the RAF in 1947 and subsequently for the Royal Naval College, Greenwich beginning in 1959. Our conservation work expanded in 1962 with appointments to Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle. Today we continue to supply specialist skills to Historic Royal Palaces through our team of 103 directly employed tradespeople, and in 2000 we were awarded a Royal Warrant for Building and Decorating services to Her Majesty the Queen.
In 2010 we were delighted to appoint Chris Maryon to spearhead our conservation business and establish a regional office for Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, based in Ellington. Chris has over 20 years’ experience at all levels of the construction industry, attaining considerable knowledge in a number of high profile organisations, including Sindall Conservation and Haymills Conservation. He qualifies as a Chartered Surveyor MRICS and is a member of the CIOB following his attainment of DIPBldcons. With unparalleled experience of working on some of the country’s finest historic buildings, Chris is uniquely positioned to lead our conservation business.
Together with his team of managers, including Matt Webster (Conservation Manager), John Charlton and Ian Bird (Contracts Managers), Chris has contributed to a 27% increase in turnover, improved profitability and a record £23million turnover for the financial year 2011/2012. We aim to continue this success with our five year strategic plan, anticipating growth in the following key sectors:
- Country Estates
- Period Homes