Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
4:56 PM 5th August 2013

Plasterer Gets Royal Seal Of Approval

Adrian Wintersgill with Prince Charles
Adrian Wintersgill with Prince Charles
A plasterer from Harrogate has been given the Royal seal of approval having graduated from a prestigious course run by the Prince of Wales Heritage Scheme that teaches apprentices about traditional building techniques and gives them the chance to work alongside master craftspeople on heritage sites across the UK.

Adrian Wintersgill, who studied at Leeds College of Building, was one of just ten apprentices to be selected for the eight month Building Craft Apprentices programme. He was presented with an award by HRH The Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Dumfries House Estate in Scotland where he worked to build a summer house within the walled gardens of the Estate.

Adrian says: "I had several placements during the course including one at Cornwall's Old Duchy Palace and the project at Dumfries House. I also worked at several heritage sites across Yorkshire honing my skills and learning traditional techniques which have taken my plastering skills to a whole new level."

Adrian is no stranger to success having previously won a string of national competitions including SkillBuild, the Plaisterers Association Award and the FMB apprentice of the Year award whilst at Leeds College of Building. He has now set up his own business - Wintersgills Plain & Decorative Plasterers - and is the only company in Harrogate to offer cornice services, ornamental plasterwork, decorative ceilings, ceiling roses, traditional lime plastering as well as more standard plastering work.

Adrian adds: "It was such a unique opportunity to be a part of the scheme and as well as the craft skills and placements, I also took part in a short course in small business skills which has been invaluable now that I have set up on my own. The fact that I have worked on some of the most important and historically significant buildings in the UK means that I have been able to prove my abilities as a master craftsperson."

Leeds College of Building's Principal Ian Billyard says: "We are incredibly proud of Adrian, he is a shining example of what can be achieved through a combination of hard work and dedication to his chosen profession and I am sure that his skills and natural talent will make for a very successful future."