It may look the same but its guaranteed for half a Century!

RDF’s Joinery Division has been producing hand-made Timber sash windows to original specifications, for installation in Listed Buildings, for decades. But what may have looked the same, since their introduction over a century ago has radically changed and now the sash window frame carries a guarantee of 50 years covering both dimensional stability and resistance to rot and mould.

The introduction of accoya wood, which goes through a process of acetylation, changing the properties of the wood at a molecular level, results in the wood becoming impervious to moisture ingress and the associated mould and rot. The Environmentally friendly process has many other associated benefits including improved thermal properties and maintenance of only the painted surface which is determined by the quality of the paint.

RDF now offer the “accoya option” on all our bespoke creations which means we can bring sustainability and enhanced Environmental and performance features to not just the humble sash window.

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Investment in knowledge

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RDF is proud to announce that Michael Brearey, Commercial Director, has recently become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building which is the highest level of membership available with The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and equivalent to a PhD.

Since its formation in 1834, the CIOB has become the World’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership with a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society.  It’s members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.

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Having moved from Incorporated to Full Member in 2010, Michael was keen to continue with his training and learning and decided to take the major step to becoming a Fellow.  This has required many hours of training and development on top of his duties and responsibilities as Commercial Director, culminating in a submission which covered his last 10 years’ experience together with detailed evidence of his last 3 years’ CPD.

All Michael’s hard work paid off when in June this year he received confirmation that he had been successful.  The icing on the cake were comments made by the Fellowship Panel about the quality of his submission which they confirmed as  “one of the best that the panel had seen” and that it had “raised the bar for future candidates”.

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Michael was the youngest Fellow Member to be presented at the official ceremony which was held at the CIOB’s headquarters in Ascot on 24th October.  I feel certain you will wish to join with me and the team at RDF in congratulating Michael on this major achievement.

Rick Firth

Managing Director


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Meanwood Church of England Primary School gets a "Summer makeover"

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All three divisions of RDF Building Services were deployed this summer at the Grade II Listed Church of England Primary School.

Built in 1840, the building required specialist repairs to its roof and stone copings.

Three classrooms benefited from a complete remodelling that included the demolition & repositioning of walls, new floor coverings, door sets, sound proofing panels, decorations, electrical alterations, storage units and the manufacture of a bespoke solid oak glazed panel between the two classrooms that allows natural light to flood the learning areas.

The coloured section of the exposed roof trusses, combined with the shaped acoustic panels and the up & down light from teh new light fittings give the classrooms a whole new look.

All the works were coordinated and carried out to a pre-planned sequential programme ensuring the project was delivered on time ready to welcome the pupils back to the new term.

“The quality of the work from start to finish was of the highest possible standard. The RDF staff were highly professional in every aspect and we are delighted with the finished classrooms. They will undoubtedly enhance teaching and learning”

Helen Sanderson, Head Teacher


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RDF Building wins negotiated tender on listed building redevelopment

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RDF Building have successfully won a negotiated tender to complete the redevelopment and delicate conservation of a Grade II Listed Building.

The development, that is already raising interest and offers from prospective purchasers, involves changing the use of the building from its current commercial use back into high end residential dwellings that have been affectionately referred to as ‘Affordable Grandeur’.

The building has many period features that are stunning in both their beauty and detail which is one of the many reasons that the property developer chose to partner with RDF Building, instead of the other tenderers, on this scheme.

“I know from RDF’s impressive portfolio of completed projects, consistent track record and client feedback that I am in safe hands with my investment” 

The impressive scheme will create eight stunning villas complete with a private garden area and secure off street parking.The gated community will also have large communal gardens with many existing mature trees that can be enjoyed by all the family. There are several parks, schools and a cricket club within walking distance but it is serene nature of the site, due in part to it’s the leafy location, that already has buyers hooked.

Further updates, including plans of the site and Estate Agents details where the properties will be available through, will be posted shortly.

Completed Projects Breathe New Life into ‘Tired’ Section of Wetherby’s Main Street

Two recently completed projects have given part of Wetherby’s Main Street a much needed lift. The George & Dragon pub had deteriorated over a number of years and had become something of an eye-sore. When it was purchased by our client for redevelopment we were appointed to transform the building and outbuildings into retail units, flats and two detached properties. Our work on these properties led to our appointment by another client to redevelop an adjacant property creating three shops and three flats. This project incorporated a retained façade new build requiring extensive steelwork. The two schemes have been a great success with all the domestic accommodation sold or let and full occupation of the retail units, The Yorkshire Building Society recently acquiring the last remaining unit


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Work Commences on Redevelopment of Headingley Historic Gem

Work has commenced at 19 Shire Oak Road, Headingley following the granting of planning for conversion to 6 cottages. The building, although in use until its sale in 2012, had fallen into disrepair and the work required to redevelop it to provide 21st century amenities whilst retaining many historic features is significant. Our experience in working on listed and heritage buildings has enabled us to assist our client in making a number of decisions to ensure a successful project. Works include the restoration of a number of features added by renowned Leeds architect George Corson, the complete reconfiguration of the internal space to provide 6 cottages of character, the demolition and rebuilding of a large extension incorporating steelworks, the removal of a large bay window, the restoration of black and white timber detailing and some structural alterations. Four of the 6 cottages have already been sold ‘off plan’.

The project has attracted a lot of attention from local residents who were concerned about the future of the site. Very early on we entered into open dialogue with the residents in close proximity, holding meetings with them to discuss the scheme and talk through any concerns they may have had. Our approach has ensured full support for the scheme and we continue to liaise closely with residents.

19 Shire Oak Road has an interesting history. Records suggest there has been a building on the site of the former College of Music since the early 14th Century. Over the years it has had some famous owners including Thomas Cranmer, the Earls of Cardigan and renowned Leeds architect, George Corson, who added some of his own touches to the building. Around 1940 the house was bought by famous soprano Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen who gave singing coaching lessons to a select few. Her most notable student was Julie Andrews, who mentions the house in her memoirs. Madame Stiles-Allen donated the house to the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama in 1964 when they lost their premises, and it remained in use by the College until its sale in 2012, by which time it had sadly fallen into very poor condition.

Work is progressing to programme and will complete in May.


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