Listed Property Club Sussex Heritage Award 2009 Project Book Carpenters Fellowship


At Heartwood we have in depth knowlegde of Historic and Listed Buildings. With the expertise and understanding of how historic buildings are constructed and how the seperate components are connected and jointed.We have worked on number of restoration projects, including historic agricultural buildings and barns, to new joinery for Grade I and II listed buildings and recreating lost Architechtural features on high street dwellings. 


How listed propereties differ depends on changes in style of each period and what century the building was constructed. Also the role of the building and status the original owners will have an influence on the decorative features and differing degrees of craftmanship. The approach of architects and craftsmen in historic times,was very different to today. With site specific design, individual details and vernacular architecture, this means that no two buildings are the same.


Heartwood Construction shows a refreshing enthusiasm and a professional approach to the inevitable repairs that are required. The installation of a concealed steel (T / flitch plate) inside a prominent oak beam was completed with a minimum of fuss and no unsightly reminders. Chris Payne richly deserves his 2009 Sussex Heritage Trust Award for a competent and sympathetic approach to historic restoration.

P.Higgs, Mayfield

"We are extremely pleased with the superbly handmade windows and doors that Heartwood Construction made for our period home. Chris Payne has an understanding and feeling for old houses, with knowledge of their original construction that helps him to ensure that the joinery he creates will fit into and move with a property that will continue to develop over the years".

S.Bowles, Burwash, East Sussex