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Antique Buildings Ltd was formed some twenty-five years ago by Managing Director, Peter Barker, and is now  the leading company in the UK specialising in ancient oak-framed buildings.

 

Our company is unique in that we are architectural consultants, specialising exclusively in ancient oak-framed buildings - who can supply, from stock, everything from an oak beam to a complete building.

 

Peter Barker MD of AB Ltd

Oak beams stored at the yard

Our yard at Dunsfold, on the Surrey/Sussex border,  holds immense stocks of reclaimed ancient oak beams (all under cover and easily accessible) which have been salvaged from buildings that could not be saved in their entirety.

In addition, we have a stock of complete frames of buildings, such as houses, barns, cartsheds, and granaries. All our frames have been painstakingly drawn, numbered and photographed, before being carefully dismantled for re-erection.

Barn frame prior to dismantling


As well as having the best stock of ancient oak beams in the country,  we have huge stocks of handmade peg tiles,  handmade bricks, stone, reclaimed floorboards, ironwork and all the other building materials which make up the fabric of an old building.

 

Whether we supply you with a single oak beam, or a whole building, we are always pleased to offer our professional advice inclusively as part of our service.

 

Reassembling at the new site

We find that with about fifty percent of the frames we supply, we are commissioned to either provide a full architectural design and planning service, or to act as consultants to the client's existing architects or builders, who often have limited experience of this kind of work. With the other fifty percent of frames, our free inclusive consultancy and backup services provide an efficient and cost effective alternative.

In addition to the above, we are pleased to offer our services as architectural and planning consultants on all aspects relating to the conversion, extension or change of use of ancient buildings, such as redundant barns and groups of farm buildings.

 


Our planning and architectural consultancy has won many awards for conservation and design, and has carried out projects over the years for various illustrious people such as Paulo Gucci, the designer, David Shepherd, the artist, and Paul McCartney, the musician.
Because of the special nature of each client's requirements, we find that initial enquiries are best dealt with by telephone, If you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, we would be delighted to hear from you (See the Contact Us page).

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