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Local lad nominated for the Andrew Lloyd Webber prestigious award

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The annual English Heritage Angel Awards, founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by the Telegraph, celebrate the efforts of local people who have maintained historic buildings and places.

Adam Alexander Hill, 24 from Worcester has been shortlisted for the Heritage Angel Awards for his constructivehard work and progress throughout the refurbishment project at the Master’s House in Ledbury.

Adam was nominated by the project architects Gary Butler who said

"The nomination of Adam Hill reflects the extraordinary level of commitment and passion for historic buildings that this project has fostered. Adam has excelled in the field of traditional timber framing repairs. His skill as a carpenter has been a privilege to witness and he has made a major contribution to the challenging and intricate process of restoring the fragile historic fabric. Moreover, Adam has proved himself to be an inspiration to the workforce with his diligence, care and enthusiasm. He has been pro-active in learning and executing new found skills, by spending his spare time making traditional tools for his colleagues."

Adam who works for the project contractors Speller Metcalfe started working on the project as a labourer in 2011, with previous training experience as a joiner he quickly took on more responsibility and started working on minor repairs on the historic timber frames.  

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A member of the Herefordshire Council Communication team went along to the Master’s House to see Adam at work and ask him how he felt to be nominated for such a prestigious award.

“It is really great to be nominated for this award, it has given me the opportunity to showcase my skills and I like using my techniques which are self-taught on this project. They proved extremely helpful. I feel I can really contribute to the team and the house.” 

Adam has a very dedicated and passionate approach to learning. During his time Adam completed tasks with exceptionally acute attention to detail, deservedly earning a complex role with the specialist framing sub-contractors. He became responsible for the execution of the most complicated repairs to medieval timbers throughout the Master's House.

Matthew Bailey – Managing Surveyor at Speller Metcalfe said

“The construction industry is often viewed in a negative context by the public and in particular young person’s looking at future employment. Adam is a massively talented individual who has rapidly progressed through his own determination and eagerness to learn to a position of authority on heritage construction. He is a shining example to all those considering working in the building industry how with excellent hands-on skills and enthusiasm a rewarding life-long career can be forged”

Adam has demonstrated his proficiency as an accomplished traditional craftsman and is set to have a big future within the heritage sector. He has made an outstanding contribution towards the repair of the one of the most significant surviving examples of a medieval timber framed hall house in the UK.

Herefordshire Council wish Adam every success for the award for 'best craftsmanship trainee'. 

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