Carruthers Conservation is a building company that specialises in the conservation of historic and other traditional buildings. We have worked on many scheduled monuments and listed buildings throughout Scotland and elsewhere, and have particular expertise in traditional and sustainable building techniques.

Sara Carruthers founded the company in 1996. She advises on historic building repairs and directly supervises all our conservation projects. She is a Chartered Builder with an MA in Conservation from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in York and has over 20 years experience of working on Historic Buildings.

We can carry out the following works:

Masonry consolidation and repair
Lime pointing, harling and plastering
Clay and earth construction
Environmental control of dry rot and other timber decay
Sustainable new construction
On-site training for self-builders

We have frequently worked with local heritage organisations from project inception through to site work, helping them to develop ideas for the proposed conservation project, advising on appointing other professionals, applying for grants and carrying out the projects.

As well as important historic monuments, we also work on traditional vernacular buildings.

We use traditional materials and techniques and have a strong environmental policy. We use natural and sustainable materials where ever possible. We would also be happy to discuss environmentally friendly and sustainable new construction with clients.

A selection of recent projects:

Conservation of Chapel and Old Kirk, Kirkapol, Isle of Tiree
Conservation of Chapel of Sand, Laide, Wester Ross
Conservation of St Bride's Kirk, Old Blair, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, phase 1
Conservation of masonry and rebuilding garden wall, The Old Pastorie, Marlee, Blairgowrie
Lime harling and masonry conservation, Brodie Castle, Moray, phase 2
Lime harling and masonry conservation, Balmacara Steading and coach house, Kyle of Lochalsh
Lime pointing, Burnside Cottage, Drimmie, Blairgowrie

A selection of recent clients include:

The National Trust for Scotland
The Highland Building Preservation Trust
Atholl Estates
Tiree Heritage Society
Various private clients

Projects have received grant funding from:

The Heritage Lottery Fund
Historic Scotland
The Fieldfare Trust

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