Mike is from a previous restoration background from the mid 1980’s and since 1999 have been driving force behind two other local and respected lime contractors in this area, establishing RPP Ltd in April 2012 and with an extensive background catalogue of plastering work using lime, clay and Eco renders through-out the East Anglia region.
‘‘Our area has a wealth of design and styles from the centuries gone to the present. Using lime is not just a material but an attitude and mind-set to admire and appreciate. Whether this is through the pure richness of a traditional 16th C putty/chalk/haired mix or the myriad of ‘modern’ hybrid ‘thermal’ mixes available now. One thread is constant….. The use of lime….. Use it, appreciate it, above all respect it and it will stand the test of time, do it once and do it right, stand back and admire it for all its beauty.’’
Proud to achieve a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying in 2008 from College of Estate Management, Reading, and with this and knowledge of the complex natural plaster/render market that have been involved in for over 20 years strive to provide an un-rivalled personal, quality application that we put our name to.
‘’Whether it is from the humble 15th century gloriously understated timber framed cottage to the ornate Georgian façade, whether internal flatwork, to bespoke designed pargeted works we enjoy the challenge and relish the unique, the unusual and the individual. The outcome of a fine project completed that we can stand back and say ‘we did that’’
Our experience has been built upon undertaking the projects that others may shy away from, whether due to material use, design, access or other specific site challenge, and over the past twenty years have been part of and assisted in the on-going development, trials and promotion of some now established ranges/products.
The establishment of Rickards Period Plastering Ltd allowed us to expand our traditional skill set as an experienced exponent of the vernacular haired chalk mix along with the Innovative and pioneering approach extending into the Eco market where modern and unique building materials, such as wood fibre insulation board and hemp construction require a similar sympathetic approach.
Our extensive knowledge of local construction and the built environment along with familiarity with complexities of issues arising from period property housing stock we provide appropriate material applications upon the delicate building fabric and unique build materials of East Anglia, whether these are, timber frame, clay construction, hemp, flint, soft red brickwork.
Through the many contacts that we have built up over the years we have a network of capable trade professionals including: – Framers, Carpenters, Decorators and Masons/bricklayers, able to compliment project requirements.