Celebrating their 140th anniversary this year, Bakers of Danbury are based in Danbury near Chelmsford, Essex. As a principal contractor, projects benefit from Baker’s in-house stone masonry and joinery workshops which offer specialist stone cleaning and stone carving, woodcarving and architectural timberwork as well as full design/manufacture service of bespoke joinery and furniture.
Having long been associated with many of the regions’ fine historic and listed buildings, churches and monuments, projects also encompass new builds and refurbishment in the educational, commercial, housing and health sectors. Examples of this type of work includes the large conservation, restoration and alteration project “Revealing the Charterhouse”, which involved remodelling the Grade I listed building to house a new museum and learning centre, as well as the renovation and new build extension to the Grade II Listed Westminster School (located within the precincts of Westminster Abbey) currently underway.
Bakers benefit from a team of experienced stonemasons, carpenters, joiners and other tradesmen. The longest serving having worked up through an apprenticeship scheme has been with Bakers over 35 years!
Bakers of Danbury still enjoy a reputation for providing high quality craftsmanship and specialise in restoration and conservation works. Bakers are currently working on Westminster Abbey amongst other projects, and in the past 12 months have carried out restoration and alteration works to The Charterhouse in London (new museum within the Charterhouse), Westminster Cathedral and St Pauls Cathedral amongst many other projects.
Recent projects have won the following prestigious awards;
Other interesting projects include: the soft capping conservation work to the Norman high flint walls of Walden Castle in Saffron Walden, Essex (2017), various restoration works to the Norman Colchester Castle, Essex (since 1985) and Colchester’s Roman Walls, repairs to a number of local windmills, and various restoration works and preventative maintenance carried out to St Albans Cathedral (since 1984) and Chelmsford Cathedral (since the 1960’s).
“Bakers of Danbury have carried out various conservation works to St Pauls Cathedral over many years, the most recent being refurbishment works to the Crypt, which included new public washrooms, refurbishment of the Mezzanine floor and comprehensive modern LED lighting to the Crypt and Mezzanine floor.
Throughout works Bakers liaised closely with the Cathedral works team to enable the Cathedral to remain open to the public. Working to strict time regimes for continuation of Cathedral Services, was strictly adhered to, which was an unenviable task given the scope of works and length of programme. The teams capability to work to tight schedules, in awkward situations was apparent from beginning to end of contract, and nothing seemed to faze their onsite Supervision.
Site set up and standards were particularly high, and continued throughout. This was a real achievement given the locality and space.
The quality of work was outstanding, and is the main reason for St Paul’s and BODs long standing relationship.”