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Heritage skills sourced by Russell Taylor showcased at King’s York Minster visit

Posted by Catherine Tidy on 13/04/2023
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A SPECIALIST team hired by Russell Taylor Group has played its part in a high-profile historic building project given royal approval by King Charles.

Carpenters and joiners, sourced for their particular heritage skills, have been working on the successful completion of the new York Minster Refectory restaurant on the site of the former Minster School.

During a visit to York Minster, the King, accompanied by Queen Consort Camilla, officially opened the restaurant and saw for himself the precise work that had been meticulously carried out by the highly-skilled team.

Russell Taylor Group’s national business development manager Gerard Lester said: “It was a proud moment for all those involved in this successful conversion of such a high-profile historic building into a modern, vibrant restaurant where all the superb original features have been retained.

“Sourcing and hiring highly-skilled carpenters and joiners for a project where the King himself witnessed their hard work and commitment to such a prestigious task has been a privilege and an honour.”

The York Minster Refectory restaurant project was part of a historically-sensitive interior refurbishment of the grade II-listed former Minster School.

Russell Taylor Group has also been involved in the provision of an expert skilled labour force for precision work on other historic sites including Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House and the British Museum.

Managing director Rob Kurton added: “A labour force equipped with the right skills to ensure historic buildings such as York Minster Refectory are sympathetically restored not only to breathe new life into them with projects like this new restaurant but also to preserve them for future generations.

“To see the work being completed to such a high standard then having the King actually recognise what has been achieved with the right resources is something of which everyone in the Russell Taylor Group operation is immensely proud.”