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The aim of CarringtonLIME is to promote the use of traditional building methods and materials in a modern way.  By doing so we hope to be able to both preserve our architectural history for future generations and bring current building stock up to an efficient building system therefore ensuring a future proof and cost efficient home.


We are based in the Forest of Dean but also work in Worcestershire, Ross on Wye, Hertfordshire, Chepstow and The South West. We specialise in lime rendering including insulating and coloured renders, plastering, stone and brickwork, and damp consultation.

Ben Kerslake

With 25 years experience in the conservation and restoration industry, a Msc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy studies, and Master Plasterer status, Ben has a wealth of knowledge to share. Just don't get him started on his specialist subject of damp!

Although Ben's passion is Lime, he has skills in all areas of restoration: rendering, plastering, stonework, wood work and damp consultation.

More recently, Ben has completed his Level 3 Award in Education and his Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement, was awarded 2023 Mentor of the Year by the FIS & Plaisterers  Guild Training Awards, awarded Master Plasterer and is a member of the SPAB Technical Committee.

Kate Kerslake

Kate developed her passion for traditional quality workmanship through renovating her own home. Bodged jobs resulted in escalating costs and never ending time scales. When she met Ben she realised that this didn't have to be the norm.​

As well as teaching marketing and business skills on the Professional Programme, Kate is also a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor (the people who produce EPCs) and a Retrofit Assessor.

Cracking the whip back at the office, Kate will always be on the end of the phone when needed. Apologies for the barking when you call - the dogs like to help out in the office.

What our clients say

            "I hired Ben to render and tile a porch, and what a stunning job he made, very pleased. From the initial enquiry Ben visited our property to quote on the job promptly, he supplied the quote within a few days (unlike others who didn't bother) that was very reasonable. Ben helped with the ins and outs of what we needed to purchase for the job, offering, and visiting the retailer when we were a tad confused about the adhesive required! Each day it was a delight to return home from work to see the how well the work was progressing, Ben is a tidy worker and keeps you updated throughout the job. I would highly recommend Ben and we will have no hesitation contacting him again for future jobs. He is polite, efficient and competent in his work". P. Cheltenham

             "In addition to his undoubted skills and knowledge of buildings, Ben is very open and friendly and discussed all aspects of the work beforehand and during the process. It has been a pleasure to have him work on my 1930s property.


In terms of communication, an important part of any project however small, Kate has been the lynch pin for this and they make an excellent team. My thanks to both of them." John, Gloucester

            "As well as handling difficult materials with enormous skill, Ben has always shown himself to have a complete understanding of the overall intentions of the project and was a joy to work with. He has been invaluable and I unhesitatingly recommend him." Griff Rhys Jones, Wales

            "Ben responded promptly, worked thoroughly and well, knew what he was doing and kept to the agreed time and quote. We are pleased with the finished result and his workmanship." Mr & Mrs T, Gloucester

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