The Lead Contractors’ Association 2019 Murdoch Awards
As an independent guardian of the lead industry standards, the LCA represents the Mark of Quality, supplying technical information and services to support the industry and drive up standards. The Murdoch Awards have long been recognised as a symbol of excellence for those engaged in the leadwork industry.
Ewan Hay of D Blake & Co Ltd receiving the Murdoch Award and certificate from June Murdoch and Liveryman Allan Anderson, Deputy Chairman of the LCA
The Murdoch Award Winner for 2019 is D Blake & Co Ltd with 29 Waterloo Place. Ewan Hay of D Blake & Co Ltd receiving the Murdoch Award and certificate from June Murdoch and Liveryman Allan Anderson, Deputy Chairman of the LCA. Originally constructed in 1818 and situated within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, 29 Waterloo Place was first used as a meeting hall (“Convening Rooms”) for local trades. The building was likely to have been originally covered in lead, however after many years of repairs and replacement, it had been reduced to green felt roofing by the time D Blake & Co undertook the job! Although irregularly shaped and with challenging roof geometry, the skill and professionalism of the artisans involved ensured a highly rewarding finish, which was fully recognised by the Murdoch Award. A picture of 29 Waterloo Place features on the front cover of the Conservation Heritage Journal.
D Blake was formed in 1877 in the city centre of Edinburgh by Mr David Blake, Alistair Rae joined in 1975 and after many successful years, sold the business back to the workforce who still own it to this day! MD Malcolm Thomson said “D Blake have consistently delivered the Conservation Heritage Journal 01 i i highest quality of lead work. We believe that quality counts and this helps the company obtain prestigious work”.