Washington firm called in to help National Trust protect historic homes

DTC's Anthony and Neil Marsden.
DTC's Anthony and Neil Marsden.
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WASHINGTON firm DTC is planning for a bright future by preserving the past.

The National Trust looks after high-profile properties such as Cragside, Washington Old Hall and Gibside Chapel, but it also owns more than 5,000 houses and cottages nationwide, which it rents out to help pay for its vital conservation work.

Damp-proofing and timber specialist DTC is helping the Trust look after the properties it rents across the North East, situated on such sites as Cragside, Holy Island and Wallington Hall.

“The portfolio of properties is very diverse and made up of buildings that range in age and size,” said managing director Neil Marsden.

“This is where our experience and strength lies. While many of the properties are 20th-century build, there are a high number that are older, with some dating back to the early 12th century.

“As you can imagine, a wide range of building techniques have been used across the portfolio, ranging from modern cavity wall through to coursed stone work and random rubble stone work.”

Neil has more than 27 years’ experience in the industry and believes the current contract will lead to work on some of the Trust’s more high-profile buildings in the future.

“We have built up a reputation for tackling jobs that are out of the ordinary, and I’m sure this latest work will deliver up plenty of variety,” he said.

National Trust building surveyor Jason Ritchie said: “The role tenants play in enabling the Trust to deliver its core aims and objectives is vital.

“Without their commitment to the preservation of our properties, the Trust simply could not achieve the significant amount of conservation and preservation that it delivers on an annual basis.

“Also important is the army of experts we have working on our properties, and we are delighted to be working with DTC who clearly have an excellent reputation.”