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Questions & Answers


Q. How is Retford Property Services Ltd different from other building companies?

A. Our team of craftsmen and specialists are able to offer a bespoke service that is delivered with a passion for excellence. We use traditional building practices to provide a quality that meets the exacting standards of the 21st century.


Q. Do you only carry out work on period properties?

A. Whilst we are able to restorate and refurbish period properties we also undertake work on contemporary buildings.


 Q. Do you undertake projects all over the U.K?

A. Our office is based in Retford, Nottinghamshire and as a small dedicated team, we are unable to take on work that requires our team of craftsmen to travel beyond 20 miles radius of our base.


Q. What measures do you take to ensure that your work is as environmentally friendly as possible?

A. We are totally committed to protecting the environment in as many ways as we can whenever possible we implement the following:- 

•  Recyclable goods to be used
•  All timber to come from sustainable forests
•  Safe disposal of all harmful / hazardous waste
•  Safe disposal of all waste materials
•  All hazardous materials to be stored safely
•  All aerosols and plastics to be C.F.C free if possible.
 
Retford Property Services Ltd recognise and respect the balance between industry and a healthy, sustainable environment. Our role is this balance is to construct and restore buildings in a way that preserves the quality of our environment for our generation and for the generations to come.


Q. Could you explain what a listed building is?

A. A listed building is a building considered to be of importance to our heritage, either architecturally or historically.


Q. If a building is listed, are you allowed to undertake any restoration or refurbishment work without applying for permission?

A. You would be well advised to contact the Conservation Officer or Listed Buildings Register, who would be able to offer you advice and guidance as restrictions can apply to the interior as well as the exterior of a listed building.


Q. Which kinds of buildings are listed?

A. The categories can be divided broadly as follows:-
    •    All buildings prior to 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition.
    •    Most buildings dating between 1700 to 1840.
    •    Buildings of definite quality & character dating between 1840 to 1914.
    •    Selected buildings of high quality between 1914 to 1939.
    •    A few outstanding post 1939 buildings.


Q. How many grades of listed buildings are there?

A. Grade I – buildings of exceptional interest such as fine country houses and important churches
Grade II* - most country houses, important churches or very old secular buildings
Grade II – buildings of special interest (96% of listed buildings fall into this category.