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Heartwood Timber Building is owned and run by Nigel Shelbourne who has over 20 years experience in carpentry and building. After gaining a City and Guilds (Merit) in cabinetmaking from London Guildhall University in 1995 Nigel spent the next five years making fine furniture and architectural joinery in small workshops in south London.

Moving to the west country in 2000 he joined the team as head carpenter at Richards and Faulkner, a firm of interior designers specialising in the renovation of period properties in Bath.

In 2003 he became self employed trading as Shelbourne Carpentry, designing, fabricating and installing quality fitted furniture and joinery to homes in Bristol, Bath and London. Having developed an interest in the history of domestic and vernacular architecture, Nigel went back to formal education in 2010 and gained an MSc (Merit) in Timber Building Conservation at the University of Bournemouth in 2013.

With a commitment to continuing professional development he has successfully completed several practical skills based courses in oak timber framing and repair techniques for historic timber structures at The Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton, West Sussex. In 2014 Nigel launched Heartwood Timber Building bringing his accumulated specialist knowledge, skills, expertise and a team of skilled tradesmen to clients in the West of England.

Based in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire we are well placed to serve Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester, Tetbury, Stroud, Wotton under Edge, Berkeley, the Cotswolds, Severn Valley, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Monmouthshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
We work in conjunction with architects, designers, structural engineers and other skilled tradesmen to deliver a professional, high quality, friendly service. We project manage jobs from groundwork to completion, or alternatively act as a specialist sub contractor. We have good relations with a number of associated businesses and tradesmen who share our values of quality, reliability and professionalism.
We work closely with clients, architects and designers to ensure there is a coherent plan in place before work commences. This helps us manage budgets and schedules for efficient progress, bringing projects in on time and on budget.
We can advise on cost effective solutions and tailor projects to suit budgets.
We take pride in our work and aim to deliver a quality of service that respects our clients wishes, their homes and neighbours. Satisfied customers are the mainstay of our business.

Why Choose Heartwood?

  • We are professional, educated and highly skilled
  • We are experienced in all aspects of carpentry, joinery and building.
  • We offer a friendly personal service
  • We are conscientious and take great pride in our work
  • We manage our projects to suit the clients requirements wherever practicable
  • Versatile and adaptable. Happy to work in new ways with innovative products