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Report on the Burrell Architectural Fragments Seminar Series

Documentation and Research Project and Seminar Series at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

28th March 2014

We have just completed an exciting multifaceted project working with Glasgow Museums at the Burrell Collection. The project involved undertaking detailed documentation work to help the museum to fully understand the scope of the 'Architectural Fragments' within their collection before the museum closes down in 2016 for a four-year refurbishment project. Following documentation we carried out archival research to understand more about the pieces within the collection and made some exciting discoveries along the way including the presence of items which Sir William Burrell's own hand-written notes had identified as 'too much worn to be worth rebuilding. Not taken delivery of.'

At the same time as the research phase of the project our company organised and hosted a three-part seminar series at the Burrell Collection in collaboration with Glasgow Museums and expertly moderated by Dr. Peter Burman. The seminars took place on the second Friday of January, February and March 2014 and were a great success with a diverse group of speakers and delegates and some very lively discussions. We have produced a detailed report giving an overview of the seminar series which is available to download here:

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Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art

29th January 2014

We have recently completed the conservation of 3no 10m tall metal window frames located on the West elevation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh,s Glasgow School Art. We removed the window frames for conservation and returned them on completion.

We then put back over 900 panes of glass. The project was eight months long. We are delighted to have brought the window panes back to good condition for generations to come to enjoy and to ensure the Mackintosh Library is protected from the weather for years to come.


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Argyll Mausoleum

12th January 2014

We have recently completed the conservation of artefacts and decorative stonework within the Mausoleum of the Dukes and Duchesses of Argyll located on the shore of the Holy Loch in Argyll.

The artefacts included an exquisite electrotype sculpture by Princess Louise, the daughter of Queen Victoria, two 16th century carved stone effigies and numerous carved wooden Boar Head items. A truly fascinating and rewarding project.


Work Completed at Rosslyn Chapel

Work Completed at Rosslyn Chapel

12th September 2013

After four years of rewarding work the NBSC team has completed the final conservation works to Rosslyn Chapel and for the first time in 16 years the Chapel is scaffold-free. On 5th September Nic Boyes joined Lady Helen St. Clair-Erskine, Countess of Rosslyn, Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, and Ian Gardner, Director of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, to meet the national press and celebrate the completion of the work.

Nic and Ian appeared on Good Morning Scotland and you can hear the interview by clicking here. (mp3 - 5.4mb)

Here are some of the many associated press articles:
Rosslyn Chapel restoration project comes to an end after 16 years - STV.

Rosslyn Chapel: A Fragment of the Imagination - The Wall Street Journal.

Rosslyn Chapel revamp work finished after 16 years - BBC News Scotland.

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The FINAL EVER Rosslyn Chapel Seminar

The FINAL EVER Rosslyn Chapel Seminar

1st October 2012

Rosslyn Chapel Seminar
Wednesday 3rd Oct
Speaker: Oliver Caroe RIBA AABC

To book a place or for more info email charlotte@nb-sc.co.uk


Awards Ceremony 2012

Awards Ceremony 2012

1st October 2012

This week Nic was invited by The Chairman and Committee of CNFPS to attend the Awards Ceremony 2012 at the Fife Folk Museum, Ceres. Following their visit to the DMM CRICHTON STATUE recently, the judges decided that the restoration of the monument, carried out by NBSC, warranted a Commendation.


Thank You - Rosslyn Chapel Seminar

Thank You - Rosslyn Chapel Seminar

13th September 2012

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Rosslyn Seminar last night @ Rosslyn Chapel visitor centre.

Next seminar on 3rd Oct given by Oliver Caroe. Details to follow shortly.


Rosslyn Chapel Seminar

Rosslyn Chapel Seminar

10th September 2012

Rosslyn Chapel Seminar
Wednesday 12th Sep
6.00pm at the visitors centre
Speaker: David Odgers BSc (Hons), FRSA, ACR


St Columba's Chapel

St Columba's Chapel

20th August 2012

NBSC have just commenced a project on the Isle of Lewis @ St Columba's Chapel. Our team have spent 12 days on the isle conserving Medieval Grave Markers & Inscribed Stones.


Joined By.... Bill Pagan

Joined By.... Bill Pagan

13th August 2012

On Wednesday we were very pleased to have also been joined by.... Bill Pagan (committee member of the Culture & Heritage Network, Royal Society of Arts UK & is a co-opted member of Built Environment Forum Scotland board), John Addison & Krystyna Pytasz (structural engineers @ Addison Conservation+Design), Fiona Coutts (architect @ Benjamin Tindall, Edinburgh) and Graham Tristram (architect @ Studio Tristram) but to name a few.


Rosslyn Seminar - Thank You

Rosslyn Seminar - Thank You

13th August 2012

Thank you to everyone to attended the Rosslyn Seminar last Wednesday. Only two more to go before the series comes to a close. Here Nic Boyes talks to Robin Dower at the seminar - Robin is Partner at Spence & Dower Architects in Northumberland and is widely experienced in the repair and reinvention of historic buildings.

He is Chairman of Durham Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee and a member of Newcastle Diocesan Advisory Committee as well as being a registered member of the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation.


Corstorphine War Memorial

Corstorphine War Memorial

31st July 2012

NBSC has won the job to conserve the Corstorphine War Memorial in Edinburgh which commemorates Corstorphine war dead. We will be removing biological growth, repointing masonry with lime mortar and consolidating stone decay to the cross. Works will be completed by end of Sept.

Community war memorials are important because they act as historical touchstones. They link the past to the present and enable people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those to participated in conflict.


PACR Professional Writing Skills

PACR Professional Writing Skills

10th July 2012

Nic was invited by ICON to present a PACR Professional Writing Skills Event @ The Church Buildings Council at Church House, Great Smith Street, London on 28th June.


The new series of Rosslyn Chapel Seminars has begun

The new series of Rosslyn Chapel Seminars has begun

27th June 2012

The new series of Rosslyn Chapel Seminars has begun:
Seminar: 'Durham Cathedral: from conservation to development'
Speaker: Alexander Holton, Heritage Consultant, Purcell Miller Tritton
Date: Wed 4th July 2012, 6pm @ Rosslyn Visitor Center
Contact charlotte@nb-sc.co.uk to reserve a place


Telford College Construction Prize Giving Ceremony

Telford College Construction Prize Giving Ceremony

13th June 2012

Yesterday Nic attended the Telford College Construction Prize Giving Ceremony 2012 to see NBSC Apprentice Stone Mason receive the award for Best Practical Student in Stonemasonry. Congratulations Ruaidhri McKim for being awarded The Ronnie Turnbull Shield.


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Royal Visit to Rosslyn Chapel

8th May 2012


Cavalry Staircase at Old St. Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Cavalry Staircase at Old St. Paul's Church, Edinburgh

18th April 2012

NBSC have commenced a four week programme of de-soiling works to the Cavalry Staircase at Old St. Paul's Church, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh. We are carefully removing years of general soiling and liberating the stone surfaces.


The Ongoing Conservation of Rosslyn Chapel

The Ongoing Conservation of Rosslyn Chapel

16rd March 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended my presentation on The Ongoing Conservation of Rosslyn Chapel @ Edinburgh College of Art last night.


Dunfermline Linen Company Sign. After restoration Dunfermline Linen Company Sign. Before restoration

Dunfermline Linen Company Sign

3rd March 2012

Painted signs are a rapidly disappearing historic feature through-out the UK. NBSC are thrilled to be given an opportunity to apply conservation treatments to the Dunfermline Linen Company Sign.

We will make the sign legible for future generations while maintaining it's historic qualities.


NBSC Was Honoured to Welcome Professor Peter Higgs

NBSC Was Honoured to Welcome Professor Peter Higgs

27th February 2012

NBSC was honoured to welcome Professor Peter Higgs to our workshop in Edinburgh this month. Physicist Professor Higgs is renowned for his work on the Higgs-Boson particle at Cern. As the latest recipient of the Edinburgh Award, the Professor had his handprints taken by Nic Boyes.

Other recipients who have had their handprints taken by Nic include JK Rowling, Annie Lennox, Iain Ranking, Sir Chris Hoy and George Kerr CBE.


 Masterclass for Edinburgh College of Art

Masterclass for Edinburgh College of Art

15th February 2012

On 15/03/12 Nic Boyes presents a Masterclass for Edinburgh College of Art entitled "The Ongoing Conservation of Rosslyn Chapel". It is the the 35th session of the annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses @ The Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies.

Click here to book a ticket.


Nic Boyes Lecture to Glasgow Heritage Trust

Nic Boyes Lecture to Glasgow Heritage Trust

15th February 2012

Nic Boyes Lecture to Glasgow Heritage Trust: Tue 21/02/12. Dr Peter Burman and Nicolas Boyes reveal the story and the work behind one of Scotland's most prestigious restoration projects - Rosslyn Chapel.

There is a £3 donation requested for this event. Booking is essential so please call 0141 552 1331 or email info@glasgowheritage.org.uk to reserve your place.

7pm - 9pm, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow

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Moffat Monument in Ormiston

Moffat Monument

30th January 2012

NBSC has won the contract to conserve and restore the Moffat Monument in Ormiston, Scotland. The granite obelisk was erected in 1885 to commemorate the work of missionary Robert Moffat.


Rosslyn Chapel Visitor Centre

25th January 2012

An interactive multimedia programme developed for the newly opened Rosslyn Chapel Visitor Centre. This project involved using rendered 3D scans of the building and creating a multimedia that allows users to fly through the chapel exploring the carvings.

Rosslyn Chapel Multimedia from PixelStag on Vimeo.


Ushaw College

Ushaw College

19th December 2011

NBSC have been engaged by Ushaw College to commence conservation treatments to the decorative interior of St Michael's Chapel, a mortuary chapel designed by Edward Welby Pugin.


Doric Pavilion

Doric Pavilion

18th November 2011

NBSC have been engaged to carry out the conservation of Doric Pavilion, Queen Street Gardens, Edinburgh.


King's Own Borderers Monument

King's Own Borderers Monument

18th November 2011

NBSC have been engaged to conduct a survey and produce a Conservation Assessment Report for King's Own Borderers Monument, North Bridge, Edinburgh.


17th century Humbie Kirk Bridge

17th century Humbie Kirk Bridge

15th September 2011

17th century Humbie Kirk Bridge is now receiving sympathetic repair at the hands of NBSC masons.


DMM Crichton Statue in Cupar

DMM Crichton Statue in Cupar

1st September 2011

NBSC makes a start on the conservation of DMM Crichton Statue in Cupar. We are delighted to be giving the statue a hand - literally.


Conservation & Access Project at Rosslyn Chapel - Rosslyn Chapel Conservation Seminars 2011

Conservation & Access Project at Rosslyn Chapel - Rosslyn Chapel Conservation Seminars 2011

1st September 2011

NBSC is looking forward to our next seminar on Wed 7th Sep. Please email charlotte@nb-sc.co.uk to book a place to see Nick Rank present his take on the Conservation & Access Project at Rosslyn Chapel.


Navin Piplani - Rosslyn Chapel Conservation Seminars 2011

Navin Piplan - Rosslyn Chapel Conservation Seminars 2011

20th July 2011

NBSC welcomes Navin Piplani as speaker at the next Rosslyn Chapel Seminar on 3rd August. The title of the seminar is "Recent approaches to stone conservation with a special focus on craftsmanship at the Taj Mahal".


Rosslyn Chapel Conservation Seminars 2011

Rosslyn Chapel Conservation Seminars 2011

20th June 2011

For the second year running Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation Ltd, currently working on the delicate stonework on the exterior of the Chapel, is proud to present a series of lecture-seminars (each one will be followed by an opportunity for questions and debate) by distinguished practitioners all of whom are undisputed leaders in their respected fields: an archaeologist, an architect who is also running a university programme in England while continuing to be a member of the Taj Mahal Conservation Team in India, a cathedral architect of rich experience, and a leading conservator of stone. Further details appear below, and a fresh edition of this invitation to participate will be issued a fortnight before each seminar.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

6.00 for 6.30pm at Visitor Centre

'Re-engaging people to places: an archaeologist's perspective on intangible cultural heritage'

Robin Turner
Head of Survey & Recording at the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)


Wednesday 3 August 2011

Navin Pilani, architect; Hamlyn Feilden Fellow in Conservation Studies at the Department of Archaeology, University of York; Director of Studies for the MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings); core member of the multi-disciplinary Taj Mahal Collaborative since 2002


Wednesday 7 September 2011

'Continuity, Conservation & Care - securing the future of our cathedrals'

Nicholas Rank, architect; Director, buttressfulleralsopwilliams; Cathedral Architect of Carlisle and Lincoln Cathedrals, both of which present specific and exceptional challenges to the conserver and repairer of the historic environment.


Wednesday 19 October 2011

Piers Denny, conservator; Director of Carrek, which specialises in the conservation of historic fabric; currently leading the team which is conserving and repairing the exceptional Perpendicular South Porch of Cirencester Parish Church

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Faith, Hope and Charity are pride of city on riverside site

Statues Faith, Hope and Charity installed in Inverness - BBC

18th March 2011

Three statues called Faith, Hope and Charity have been unveiled in the gardens of a city centre church in a £55,000 project.

The three once stood on the roof of a drapery store on Inverness High Street.

The building was demolished in the 1950s and the statues were bought by a collector on Orkney.

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Faith, Hope and Charity are pride of city on riverside site

Faith, Hope and Charity are pride of city on riverside site - Press & Journal.

18th March 2011

Statues now overlook River Ness from their new home in front of Ness Bank Church

They used to overlook the hustle and bustle of Inverness High Street, but the outlook for three historic statues is now a little more tranquil.

The project to bring the Faith, Hope and Charity sculptures back to the Highland capital after an absence of 50 years was finally completed yesterday, when the head of the middle statue - Faith - was lowered into place by the conservation team.

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Faith, Hope and Charity statues come to final resting place.

Faith, Hope and Charity statues come to final resting place.

17th March 2011

The statues, Faith, Hope and Charity that once adorned the roof of an Inverness High Street draper's store and then spent over fifty years in the ownership of a private collector in Orkney have been installed this week on the banks of the River Ness.

Each of the nine foot statues weighs 4.2 tonnes and have been installed onto separate stone plinths with a stone facing at Ness Bank Gardens between Ness Bank and Castle Road next to Ness Church.

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Earl Haig re-dedication Ceremony

Earl Haig re-dedication Ceremony.

16th March 2011

This afternoon Nic Boyes met HRH Princess Royal again when he attended the Re-dedication Ceremony for the Earl Haig Monument that NBSC has been conserving for the last year. WATCH THE STV NEWS TONIGHT TO FIND OUT MORE..

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Weather delays final chapter in 'Three Graces' return

Weather delays final chapter in 'Three Graces' return.

11th March 2011

THREE historic statues have been returned to Inverness and are expected to be re-assembled at their new riverside location early next week - marking the final chapter in a long-running saga.

Sections of the "Three Graces" - Faith, Hope and Charity - have been delivered to the garden area by Ness Bank Church but this week's bad weather has delayed the final part of the operation.

Work has already taken place on the site to create a plinth for the statues and work is expected to restart on Monday.

The nine-foot statues, which were sculpted by Andrew Davidson in the 1870s, once adorned the roof of the building which stood on the corner of High Street and Castle Street.

They were later bought by Norrie Wood, an antiques collector, who took them to his home in Orkney.

A section of one of the 'Three Graces' statues awaits reassembly at its final home on Ness Bank.

In November 2007 the council decided to use £15,000 from the Inverness Common Good Fund to buy the statues.

A specialist stone conservator was commissioned to arrange for their removal from Orkney and in June 2008 they were transported to his workshop in Edinburgh for restoration.

The statues, which are all in three sections, have been treated for damage, while surface soiling and biological growth has also been removed.

Following months of wrangling and debate, Inverness councillors were persuaded two years ago that the best location for their new home would be next to Ness Bank Church, which would cost £5000 compared to £355,000 if they decided on the alternative site at the embankment below Inverness Castle.

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George Kerr gets his Edinburgh Award handprints : The Edinburgh Reporter

George Kerr gets his Edinburgh Award handprints. The Edinburgh Reporter.

08th March 2011

We thought there was something afoot last week at the City Chambers where one of the paving slabs was covered with plywood. Turns out this is what they were waiting for! The fourth person to be honoured by the people of Edinburgh with a special award for making an outstanding contribution to the city will receive his accolade at the City Chambers tomorrow night.

George Kerr, President of the British Judo Association, was announced last month as the winner of the Edinburgh Award for 2010, capping a year of extraordinary, internationally-lauded achievements.

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NBSC was honoured when asked to create the 46664 Stone Memorial

46664 Stone Memorial, Edinburgh City Chambers, Royal Mile.

11th February 2011

NBSC was honoured when asked to create the 46664 Stone Memorial, for Edinburgh City Chambers, which features the gilded handprints of Annie Lennox and a 15 year old boy with HIV.

The Memorial is to honour the city's links with Nelson Mandela's Aids charity 46664.


Thanksgiving Service at St Giles Cathedral

Thanksgiving Service at St Giles Cathedral.

1st February 2011

Our Director Nic Boyes was honoured to attend the Thanksgiving Service at St Giles Cathedral last week, where he spoke to HRH The Princess Royal about the work NBSC is undertaking at the Cathedral.

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2 New Members Joining Our Conservation Team

2 New Members Joining Our Conservation Team.

1st February 2011

NBSC is delighted to announce we will have 2 new members joining our Conservation Team for work placement commencing on 7th and 14th February.


Latest Winner of the Edinburgh Award - George Kerr CBE

Latest Winner of the Edinburgh Award.

1st February 2011

NBSC was delighted to welcome the latest winner of the Edinburgh Award - George Kerr CBE, to our workshop last week to have his handprints cast.

The handprints will be exhibited at City Chambers along with those of previous winners who have also had their handprints taken at the NBSC workshop - JK Rowling, Annie Lennox, Chris Hoy and Ian Rankin.


ICON News: Issue 31 November 2011

Boyes will be Boyes.

ICON News: Issue 31 November 2011 - 18th November 2010

Flamboyant might be the word that comes to mind about a conservator who rides a motorbike, races his vintage mini in his spare time and throws a Cuban themed bash in his Edinburgh workshop to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his company Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation.

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City looks to crown newest champion.

A mention in the Evening News - 29th October 2010

IT'S a club so exclusive it only has three members, but now the hunt is on for a fourth.

The ranks of Edinburgh Award winners so far include only Ian Rankin, JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy, but the city council is now launching the search for this year's winner.

The winner will be presented with an engraved loving cup and then have a mould of their handprints engraved on a flagstone in the quadrangle of the City Chambers.

The handprints of last year's winner, Sir Chris Hoy, were recently put in place after he had moulds taken at Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation in Morningside.

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BBC filming the conservation at Rosslyn<

BBC filming the conservation at Rosslyn.

28th September 2010

Following a summer of the BBC filming the conservation at Rosslyn, "Rosslyn Chapel- A Treasure in Stone" will be aired on BBC4 @ 9pm Monday 4th Oct 2010 - featuring Nic Boyes and presented by Lady Rosslyn.

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Faith, Hope and Charity

Faith, Hope and Charity.

28th September 2010

Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation is delighted to announce it has won the contract for the Installation of the Faith, Hope and Charity life-size statues in Inverness.


Argyll Mausoleum, Kilmun

Argyll Mausoleum, Kilmun.

26th September 2010

Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation is pleased to announce it has been awarded the prestigious contract to restore and conserve the artefacts within Argyll Mausoleum, Kilmun.


Celebration Bash for Da Vinci Code Chapel Restorer

Celebration Bash for Da Vinci Code Chapel Restorer.

18th September 2010

Local Edinburgh businessman Nicolas Boyes celebrated the 10th birthday of his conservation company, Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation Ltd, with a glittering bash in the town last night.

Nic celebrated 10 successful years in business and has worked on various projects including the painstaking conservation and restoration of the infamous Rosslyn Chapel, hailed as the resting place of the Holy Grail in the blockbuster 'The Da Vinci Code'. Although Nic and his team haven't uncovered the Holy Grail just yet, they have discovered one of Rosslyn Chapel's secrets- a mysterious 600 year old beehive carved into the stonework in the famous Chapel roof.

The Cuban themed bash was held last night at his workshop in Morningside, and was attended by Colin Glynne-Percy the Director of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust.

Speaking about the event Nic said,

'I am so pleased to have celebrated 10 years in this exciting industry. Over the last decade the company has won many prestigious contracts, including a commission by City Chambers to take the handprints of JK Rowling, Sir Chris Hoy, Annie Lennox and Ian Rankin here in Morningside. The recent conservation of La Pasionaria Monument in Glasgow, commemorating those who lost their lives in the Spanish Civil war, was a highlight. In May of this year we had the honour of giving HRH The Princess Royal a tour of the work we carried out on the Buccleuch Monument on the Royal Mile. I would like to thank my skilful and dedicated staff for making it all possible, here's to another 10 years.'

The eccentric business owner, who rides a motorbike and races his vintage mini in his spare time, managed the delicate works to Rosslyn Chapel despite a record 75,000 tourists passing through the chapel doors of Rosslyn and a BBC film crew filming the restoration as it progressed. The television programme, hosted by The Countess of Rosslyn, will be aired this autumn on BBC 2 & BBC 4 as part of the BBC Norman season.

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Scaffolding comes down at 'Da Vinci Code' church

Scaffolding comes down at 'Da Vinci Code' church

16th August 2010

After 14 years of work, the roof of Rosslyn Chapel is once again visible.

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La Pasionaria Statue

La Pasionaria Statue

23rd August 2010

After Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation completed its conservation & restoration of La Pasionaria Statue, the statue was unveiled at a ceremony in Glasgow. STV report: "The sacrifices made by Scottish volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War are being remembered at a re-dedication ceremony at a monument in Glasgow."

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Rosslyn Chapel's Roof

12th August 2010

STV News report: After 14 years in hiding, Rosslyn Chapel's roof is once again exposed to the elements - only this time, it's rainproof. The 550 year old building, made famous by the Da Vinci Code, attracts thousands of tourists each year.


Rosslyn Chapel Conservation & Access Project

17th June 2010

Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation is pleased to announce they are now the Principal Contractor for the prestigious Rosslyn Chapel Conservation & Access Project.


Twelve Monuments Project

14th May 2010

Nic Boyes had the pleasure of showing HRH The Princess Royal around the Buccleuch Monument, as part of the Princess' tour of the 'Twelve Monuments Project' run by Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation carried out conservation works to the monument earlier in the year.