Richard Sapcote

​Heritage Specialist Richard Sapcote works for Shaylor Group, the Midlands based family managed construction company who are the main contractor on Chester Farm.

Photo: Cllr Heather Smith, leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Sarah Bridges, Chester Farm Project Director with Richard Sapcote on the threshing barn scaffolding with Chester House in the background.

Richard has over 30 years involvement in this specialist sector, supporting the business in the restoration and conservation sector through his knowledge of highly skilled supply chains and working with Conservation Architects and Historic England.

Richard has been involved on this scheme from the pre-qualification stage, then tender submissions and now during construction; ensuring appropriate materials and workmanship is undertaken and the team have an internal resource to support them on any sensitive elements of conservation. His role also includes undertaking tender and bid management, technical writing for bids and as a framework manager.

 

"I was fascinated by the complexity of Roman, Saxon and more modern antiquities on the site and how we could undertake all the proposed works whilst working with the Archaeologists and undertaking complex construction operations.

"We have been challenged by the ecology such as bats, badgers and owls; allowing access for the archaeological digs including finding exciting items in the excavations and having to change the methodology when opening up areas not seen for hundreds of years."

Throughout his career he has worked in the small to medium sized contracting sector, initially working for established family business, Wm Sapcote & Sons Ltd, based in Birmingham, who were recognised for their fine historic restoration work. Richard is a Fellow and Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Building where he has held regional and national roles.

Photo: Richard Sapcote (far right) showing Year 5 and 6 children from Irchester Primary School around the Chester Farm site.

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Sometimes we can forget how much progress has been made, because we still have lots of scaffolding on site. But there’s not nearly as much as after th...

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Anyone for a cup of tea? Inside the main house that is currently being restored. These rooms will be transformed into a lovely cafe with a special vie...

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This odd-looking find is from a #Roman 1st C. face urn. Sadly, the whole one isn’t ours: we only found one eye - the right-hand one, if looking at the...

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A view of the #construction from our publicly accessible green space. Enjoy a lovely walk and curious sights, such as the barn without a roof, awaitin...

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Bats are welcome here. Access for #winter hibernation provided into the roof of a barn (on the right in the photo). #wildlife #conservation https://t....

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