The Mount Howe Construction Ltd comprises a team of practitioners and professionals who specialise in earth construction, particularly cob and rammed earth.
Because of the very nature of building with unfired earth, whether it is cob or rammed earth, those advising on, specifying and implementing construction techniques should fully understand the composition and construction techniques of cob and rammed earth construction.
The team used by the Mount Howe Construction Ltd consists of a conservation architect, other professionally trained earth consultants, academics and skilled crafts people. Working as a team, there is joint consultation on site, specifications and application, so that customers are assured of a professional service and high standards of craftsmanship.
Graham West, an experienced building contractor, has been involved in the construction industry for thirty years and has had experience in building with a variety of materials, including a straw bale project in New Zealand, and specialising in cob repair and maintenance in the UK. He has successfully completed the Cob Module as part of the Diploma of Architectural Conservation at the University of Plymouth and attended part of the New Earthen Architecture Course at the University in July 1996. Sue Harding is the company's administrator and has gained her experience within the field of earthen architecture by working as the assistant co-ordinator, for two and a half years, at the Centre for Earthen Architecture, University of Plymouth.
The Company's approach to earth building is based upon the clear understanding of how earth behaves as a structural material. In essence this means that, where possible and appropriate, only earth based and other natural materials are used in the construction process.