Tuesday, 26 October 2010


There was a call from the demolition company asking us to lift a floor from a Church Hall in Surbiton, Surrrey in a hurry as they were ready to fell the building. We managed to get to site in time to lift what we were told was a mahogany floor and it turned out to be Panga Panga, one of the rarest and best looking parquet timbers.

Lifting of parquet at Surbiton
The Church Hall was built in 1950, the Church having been badly damaged during the Blitz - apparently a bomb went straight through the roof, so the Church Hall was built as a space for Parish activities, sadly now making way for housing...we cannot complain though as this is how rare timbers come to light, old buildings which are demolished to make way for new and we have the chance to reclaim the parquet for use elsewhere. But we do have to graft to lift it, and then it is brought back to our yard, sorted and graded, (all the damaged blocks rejected) and then palleted and wrapped ready for clients.
We find that Panga Panga is one of the timbers that is in very high demand, the dark colouration with the swirls of light banding make it really striking and it looks absolutely fantastic as a border to a light wood or the reverse, where a light wood is edged onto the dark floor, giving a very classy and modern twist to what is a traditional flooring system.

The opportunity to chose this sort of flooring and at the same time buying a reclaimed and recycled timber, thus being sustainable is a strong motivation to many of our customers. No rainforests have been harmed in buying our product, these timbers come from trees that were felled many years ago when there was not the mass clearance that happens today, without regeneration.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

TRW Factory Aylesbury - Wenge and Teak

TRW Building Aylesbury

We had another big job to do last week, this time it was lifting the parquet from the old TRW Factory in Aylesbury. We removed Rhodesian Teak and Wenge all of a fantastic quality and condition, the later stuff dating from the 1970s and the earlier stuff dating from 1964 as per the stone below.

We have to do the parquet lifting quickly and often on short notice, immediately before the demo guys come in and flatten the building! If we want to reclaim and therefore recycle what is a superb quality resource we really have to be flexible and mobile to get to these places because the demo guys wait for no man!

Look out for the timber on our website and give us a call if you want a price, sample and delivery quote, this is great stuff!