TENDERING: up to a standard, or down to a price?

Event Description

This is the first in a series of free online evening events, CONVERSATIONS BUILD UNDERSTANDING, hosted jointly by the NHIG and Icon Metals Group, in which invited guests discuss and compare their professional experiences, providing interesting insights.


TENDERING is used for all kinds of contracts, but how appropriate is it for blacksmiths? This discussion will investigate the pros and cons of the tendering process for highly skilled craftspeople.

NHIG host Bethan Griffiths will be joined by Conservation Architect, Rhys Brookes, and Ironwork Conservator, Geoff Wallis.  Their discussion will be based on answering delegate questions, but will encompass:

  • How the modern tendering process is geared up for products not skills
  • How both parties can help eliminate technical errors
  • Approaching the 2” thick contract when only one page relates to the actual work
  • The contract as a ‘meeting of minds’, a foundation for long term working relationships

Although this talk will focus on ironwork conservation, the same issues relate to other crafts, so everyone is welcome.

Questions on this subject can be asked live, but if you have one ahead of the event, please email it to NHIG Administrator Jessica: info@nhig.org.uk


Rhys Brookes is a specialist Conservation Architect who has worked on historic buildings and landscapes over the last 30 years. His most informative years were working with a pioneering timber framing company where his role was to bridge the divide between the design teams’ aspirations and the practical realities of actually doing the job.  The realization that quality of materials and skill of the individual craftsmen have as much impact on the outcome of a project as the design has resulted in him adopting a collaborative approach ever since.

Geoff Wallis is a consultant specialising in historic metalwork and machinery. His vast experience comes from his position as Managing Director of Dorothea Restoration Engineers Ltd, of which he was a founder. For over thirty years he managed complex engineering and metalwork restoration contracts valued at £1 million plus on sites throughout the UK. In this role he learned how to cope with not only the complexities of restoration work on sites, but also sometimes hostile contractual practices.


This is a FREE event, but if you could like to donate to support our work, you can do so here.

We are grateful for the support of Icon Metals Groups, who as joint hosts have made this event possible.

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