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Alex Coode of Coode Conservation is offering a consultancy and training service specializing in the conservation and restoration of metalwork.

With over twenty years’ experience in managing my own metalwork business, and ten of those years focused solely on conservation and restoration, I have an unbroken track record of successfully completing high-profile projects, giving me a wealth of experience and contacts to draw on.

I offer input at the inspection or specification stage to clarify issues and propose informed solutions. An informed, detailed and conservation-driven specification gives structure to craftspeople who often lack in-depth conservation understanding, enlarging the pool of available contractors. This is particularly relevant for ferrous metalwork. I am the first and currently the only holder of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths’ Diploma of Merit (AWCB) to also be an ICON Accredited Conservator Restorer (ACR).

Having worked extensively with regulatory bodies, architects, main and sub-contractors, clients and other trades I am able to balance their sometimes-competing priorities to achieve successful outcomes.

The depth of knowledge afforded by practical experience of working with a wide variety of historic metalwork gives insights into issues and solutions specific to ironwork that inform my conservation proposals. Among these insights is a robust understanding of the dynamic nature of conserving historic iron, and an ability to liaise closely with blacksmith contractors during the course of a project when unforeseen challenges occur. It also informs initial inspection through to assessment of completed projects.

My nine years of guest tutoring Conservation of Ironwork at West Dean College has refined my CPD offering which can be tailored to suit a wide range of audiences.

I have retained elements of the old Coode Conservation Partnership website to showcase the work and philosophy that unpins the new consultancy.