Skidby Windmill, situated near to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is said to be England's most Northerly working windmill, and the only one North of the Humber. About 25 years ago, there was a near-fatal catastrophe, when one of the sail beams broke off during milling, on a Bank Holiday afternoon, and crashed through the roof of the adjoining building, which was full of tourists! Luckily, no-one was hurt, but the local Council who owned the Mill - at that time, they were called Beverley Borough Council - approached Jim Coulson, (TFT's Director) and asked him to immediately inspect the broken beam and then to initiate an ongoing Inspection Regime for the future.
HMS Warrior, now looking every inch a proud battleship – and living up to her stirring name - was once a very sad shell, living out the remainder of her days as a floating jetty at Pembroke Dock, in the Milford Haven Oil Terminal in South Wales. But then the Ship's Preservation Trust brought her to Hartlepool Dock, where they commissioned an initial Timber Survey in order to see whether she could be brought back to life and restored, as Britain's first (and now last) Iron-clad battleship.
Originally begun as a labour of love by the American actor Sam Wanamaker, the Globe Theatre has tried to be as near a faithful replica of the original Globe as possible, thanks to thousands of hours of detailed historical research, done by a dedicated team of both professionals and volunteers.
The University of Durham embarked on a major development of research and teaching facilities at the beginning of 2011. This exciting new, architect-designed building complex uses a large number of curved, glued-laminated timber members which are a major feature of the design; and these were supplied by Constructional Timber (Barnsley) Ltd.
Jim was initially asked to go to Hong Kong to grade the timber for the roof construction; but as it turned out, his long experience with Heritage Buildings in the UK was of great benefit to the building contractors and to the Hong Kong Government's Building Department.