Listed Buildings Fair 2022

Tywi Centre, Dinefwr Farm, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT

Free entry

This exciting event provided the opportunity to meet historic building experts all under one roof at the Tywi Centre, including Carmarthenshire’s Built Heritage Officers, architects, surveyors, contractors and craft specialists.  They were on hand, throughout the day, to offer advice and information relating to all your historic building needs.

At this event included informative talks about renovation projects, energy saving, the listed building consent process amongst other subjects.



Repair, maintenance, sustainability and retrofit consultant.

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Our Fading Heritage

Our Fading Heritage is a collaborative Visual Arts Project Capturing Buildings at Risk.  Together Andy Faulkner and Jemma Gunning are raising awareness about the many important buildings and sites across the UK which face abandonment and ruin; are adapted beyond recognition or are swept away through development and infrastructure projects. 

Andy’s artwork explores a lifelong fascination with historic buildings, particularly those which are derelict, in decline or under threat - a fascination which has provided the foundation for his career as a historic building Architect. He is drawn to abandonment and decay, how structures transform as they deteriorate, and how flora regains a foothold in a battle between human activity and nature.

Jemma is a printmaker based in Bristol specialising in intaglio and lithography processes.

Her practice explores the documentation of urban and industrial decline. Her fascination with recording the passage of time is evoked with nostalgia and the questions that arise around the lost and forgotten landscapes.

Instagram: @ourfadingheritage @jemma_gunning_printmaker @andyfaulknerartist

Black Mountain Conservation

Black Mountain Conservation is a small business based in Carmarthenshire and Wiltshire, covering the whole of the UK.  Black Mountain Conservation provides services for traditionally built (pre-1919) buildings as well as for eco/ sustainable builds (including One Planet Developments). Bella’s passion for old, vernacular properties led to her becoming a lime plasterer, where combined with her career history in teaching, training and community development, she has focused on working with homeowners and community groups, encouraging people to develop the skills they need to maintain their property and encouraging those from under-represented backgrounds to consider construction as a career. Bella is currently studying for an MSc in Building Conservation and is an affiliate member of the IHBC.

Black Mountain Conservation carries out works to properties including pointing, masonry repair, plastering and limewashing and also run courses for homeowners and community groups in these areas. Bella is currently working with RIBA and Circus Eruption, based at the former St Luke’s Church (Cwmbwrla), to highlight the lack of traditional skills in construction and to engage with architects to develop more conservation awareness in practice.

Black Mountain Conservation offers a range of consultancy services- providing in depth condition reports with recommendations for repair works, conservation management plans, quinquennial inspections, heritage impact assessments and statements, listed building consent applications and historical research of a property.   

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Branford Building Conservation Ltd

Paul undertakes surveys assessing the pathology of buildings, particularly when faced with defects His interest is in traditionally built & historic buildings including traditional & sustainable building repair and adaption. He has been involved in the conservation of many traditional buildings from ancillary buildings and large grand properties through to ecclesiastical. 

Branford Building Conservation undertakes a range of specialist surveys including pre-purchase; full building surveys; damp, defect analysis and diagnosis.  He also provides consultation services on: repairs, adaptation, conservation, flood damage and mitigation works.  His work also includes undertaking drawings, Listed Building applications, planning and building regulation consents, specifications, project management and craft and contractor sourcing.

Cariad Glass

Chris Dodd has been working through the medium of glass since 2002, using traditional tools and techniques that were used by stained glass artists hundreds of years ago. He also specialises in stained glass restoration.

Justine joined her husband full time in the studio in 2014 and specialises in creative glass painting which is then kiln fired, as well as sand blasting and stencil work.

Our original commissioned work can be found in domestic properties, chapels and churches as well as local businesses across the UK as well as further afield. Our work has also featured in video form at the V&A Museum.

Our studio is open to the public, and we also have a beautiful selection of work from other local artisans in our glorious light and airy gallery space. 

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Carmarthenshire County Council Planning Ecology

We can advise you on managing your listed building and the bats that live there (and which might like to live there) and provide you with general advice on biodiversity.

Celtic Sustainables

Suppliers of eco-paint, natural & eco-friendly decoration, sustainable building and energy saving products

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CJ consulting

CJ consulting was set up by Caroline James in 2016 to provide help and support to anyone struggling with their old building.  A full range of multidisciplinary services are available for projects involving maintenance, repair, renewal, alteration and extension through to new build within historic context.  Caroline has over 25 years’ heritage experience and is one of only a handful of RIBA accredited Specialist Conservation Architects in Wales.

Facebook: CJconsulting1  Instagram: carolinejames6185  


CJ Plastering & Lime Specialists

CJ plastering and Lime specialists have almost fifteen years’ experience carrying out all aspects of modern and traditional plastering across South Wales.   

Instagram:  cjplasteringandlimespecialist



Coe Stone Ltd

Coe Stone Ltd undertake all aspects of traditional stonemasonry, from carving and fitting mullion windows, to rebuilding a spire. We can design and create ‘bespoke’ pieces from new or carefully repair historic stonework.

Donald Insall Associates

Donald Insall Associates is an award-winning architectural practice and historic buildings consultancy, specialising in the care, repair, adaptation and conservation of historic buildings and places, as well as designing new buildings for sensitive sites.    Twitter: @InsallArch Instagram: insallarch

Gwaith Pren Dominic Wright Woodwork

Bespoke furniture and repairs and copies of original joinery manufactured to order.

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Kayvic Plasterwork

Kayvic was established in 1976. Our showroom, office and factory are all based in Capel Hendre, Ammanford. We are a local firm specializing in ornamental decorative plasterwork. We carry out all aspects of decorative plasterwork, new and old, including restoration to listed buildings. Our work involves surveying, assessment and taking templates to replicate original mouldings which is then all handcrafted in our factory in Capel Hendre. Installation is also part of the experience, seeing new cornice and mouldings blend into the existing. Our design team are always on hand for advise. The other element to the business is exterior lightweight mouldings, this too can be modelled to suit any exterior to any building

Nathan Goss Conservation

Nathan’s main area of expertise is in the conservation and restoration of pre-1919 buildings.  Based in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, but working across Scotland, England, Wales and Internationally with the world monuments fund, Nathan Goss Conservation takes pride in individually tailored work for clients, drawing from experience gained from both the practical trade and professional building sectors.

To date Nathan has over 30 years’ experience working in carpentry and joinery, historic building surveying, project management, L.B.C applications, specification writing, traditional skills training, advice on the conservation, restoration and consolidation of old buildings.

Jones & Fraser

Ecclesiastical Repairs, Traditional Builders, Fine Conservation & Restoration. Listed and Scheduled Building Specialists.   

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Pembrokeshire Limework

Jason is a highly experienced lime plasterer with over 20 years in the construction industry.  Renovation and restoration work forms the core of the work undertaken by Pembrokeshire Limework where they cover all aspects of internal and external work, including plastering and rendering; decorative plaster work on cornices; and work with more innovative materials such as hemp-lime   

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Pembrokeshire Thatch and Carpentry Services

Listed buildings to new work, using sustainable materials with ethical practice throughout the UK since 1982.

Specialists in thatching with older traditional vernacular styles and materials, historical reconstruction, experimental archaeology, museum and educational/training work. Ancient to contemporary technology timber work.    

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Pressure Wash Wales

Pressure Wash Wales is certified to use the DOFF stone cleaning system which removes paints and other coatings and biological growth without the need to use a biocide.  It is used for sensitive stonework restoration and Conservation.

Timber Roots

Timber Roots is a traditional green oak framing and building conservation work to modern carpentry and joinery.  Here at Timber Roots we enjoy using traditional techniques along with modern building materials, that preserve and complement our built heritage. Creating a healthy and sustainable environment to live and work in. 

New traditionally framed timber structures are our speciality, but we also enjoy working on the conservation of older buildings too, working with other passionate craftsmen and women within this sector.

 Ty Mawr Lime

Established in 1995 by Nigel and Joyce Gervis, Ty Mawr Lime Ltd has made an enormous contribution to resurrecting the use of traditional building materials in Wales and has become a market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of environmentally friendly building materials and systems providing a one-stop-shop to clients throughout the UK.  Their approach to buildings and building products has inspired principles that are core to the whole business, namely Caring for Buildings; Caring for the Environment and Caring for Health.

Ty Mawr traditional and innovative lime mortars, plasters and paints products have been used in the care and repair of listed buildings across the country.  Their sustainable insulating materials are used in walls, floors and roofs.  Ty Mawr also provides training and consultancy.  Instagram: tymawrlime

Tywi Centre Heritage Carpentry

Tom is a heritage carpenter and has a particular passion for windows and historic glass. Currently he is working as a trainer and assessor for the Tywi Centre, so isn’t undertaking practical repairs for customers.  However, his is knowledge of windows and window repairs is extensive and he will be on hand to answer all your questions about the care and repair of old windows.

Tywi Centre

The Tywi Centre is part of the Carmarthenshire County Council Built Heritage Service and promotes the care and repair of the old buildings of West Wales though providing information, training and support to homeowners, builders, agents and building professionals.

For education and training in relation to historic buildings:

For listed building application information:

Facebook & Instagram:  @CanolfanTywiCentre



10: 30  Risky Buildings (or a life in ruins) Presented by Richard Keen

The Presentation:  This overview draws on my experience of dealing with the historic buildings of Wales highlighting some of the personal successes and failures of conservation and preservation. Looking after the physical and associative attributes of our built heritage requires care, empathy and a fair degree of humility.  Historic building are such important 'documents' in helping us better understand our place in time and providing a link with the past and present

The Speaker:  Richard is now retired after more than fifty years of working in Welsh heritage including employment with National Museum of Wales, the National Trust and running a consultancy specialising in the heritage, landscape, culture and tourism sectors. He served on the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales, as Chair of the Historic Buildings Council for Wales,  Trustee of the Architectural Heritage Fund and Trustee of the Welsh Georgian Trust. He has written widely on the heritage of Wales and written and presented many television and radio programmes. He currently is a regular contributor to a series of short films on Welsh history that appear on Facebook and YouTube

11:30 Opportunities & Risks of Retrofitting Old Buildings.  Presented by Nigel Gervis, Ty Mawr Lime

The Presentation:  This presentation will cover the essentials of ‘breathing building’ principles and discuss the range of materials and methods suitable for improving the energy efficiency of historic buildings.  It will highlight some of the obvious benefits of improving the energy performance of historic buildings, but also the risks of approaching and implementing a project in the wrong way.

The Speaker:  Nigel, together with his wife, Joyce, co-founded Ty Mawr Lime in 1993 and ever since have been developing their listed property in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and their business manufacturing lime-based building materials for the conservation of old and historic buildings and for new sustainable builds.

Concern for the environment, particularly with regards to minimising the impact of buildings on the environment, is an important focus for Nigel and Joyce and remains one of Ty Mawr’s core business principle today.  This philosophy is at the heart of the company’s development of a unique range of environmentally-friendly building materials compatible with ‘breathing building’ principles including paints and finishes, building boards (woodfibre boards, wood wool boards and cork boards) as well as insulation products made from Welsh sheep's wool and British hemp, and a range of insulation systems including the sublime insulated limecrete floor, warm roof system and various Internal and External Wall Insulation systems using the products above. For more information – see

12:30 The History of Windows: Presented by Tom Duxbury, Tywi Centre

The Presentation:  Tom’s presentation will inspire you about the enormous value that historic windows and historic glass have in our old buildings.  It will leave you in no doubt that if you have the luck to still have historic windows in your old building that these ‘eyes’ to your building are well worth caring for. 

The Speaker:  Tom is a heritage carpenter and has a particular passion for windows and historic glass. Currently he is working as a trainer and assessor for the Tywi Centre, but has also worked as a Conservation Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park, a lecturer for Swansea Metropolitan Trinity St Davids and a building surveyor.  His is knowledge of windows and window repairs is extensive and he will be on hand throughout the day to answer all your questions about the care and repair of old windows.

13:30 The Conservation Areas of Carmarthenshire.  Presented by Lucy Barron, Donald Insall Associates

The Presentation: Insalls have been commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council to review 10 conservation areas throughout Carmarthenshire to understand what makes them special and how these qualities can be preserved, enhanced, and managed.  The talk will discuss the process of undertaking these studies, and share the findings, including how people can get involved and have their voices heard on the future of these significant places

The Speaker:  Lucy Barron is an accredited conservation architect working throughout the Southwest of England and South Wales and has worked on some of the UKs most recognisable and beloved heritage buildings and places.  Lucy also sits on Design West as a conservation expert and lectures on design at the University of the West of England.

14:30  Listed Buildings – a cultural and financial asset.  Presented by Phil Roberts, Design and Development Consultant

The Presentation:  The presentation will look at the role and importance of listed buildings, in whatever condition, as invaluable assets for our communities. It will consider their potential for ‘new life’ and explain, through case studies, why as a part of our rich heritage, (with which our ancestors have entrusted us) they can also be a vital part of contemporary life. 

The Speaker:  Phil is currently Design Advisor to Felindre University NHS Trust, for its new hospital in Cardiff.  A Panellist at the Design Commission for Wales, he has a background in environmental architecture, building surveying, design, and renovation.  He has run an architectural and building surveying practice, and been Director and Chief Executive, in the housing and renewable energy sectors.

15:30 Conservation: a contractors’ perspective.  Presented by Paul Walters, Just Lime Limited.

The Presentation:  This presentation will discuss the common approaches used in renovating old buildings, their associated problems and pitfalls.  The presentation will be use case studies from the broad range of work that Paul has undertaken across the region.

The Speaker:  Paul has almost ten years’ experience working on traditional buildings across South Wales and Southern England running his company Just Lime Ltd.  He has worked on projects ranging from cob repairs in Hampshire, timber framed buildings in the east of Wales and many variations of vernacular solid wall constructed buildings across Wales.  Paul is SPAB Fellow, IHBC member, a Tywi Centre heritage plastering graduate and actively promotes traditional construction skills and materials.