About - The Cob Specialist
Leslie Cornell Snr - the most trusted Cob Wall Specialist in Cornwall - has over 20 years of experience with cob building techniques that includes repairs, builds, lime rendering and pointing. Les Cornell Senior is based in St. Austell, Cornwall and performs cob wall surveys and is trusted and well known for his extensive knowledge and experience with historic buildings, their maintenance and renovation.
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Conservation of the Historic Built Environment

Leslie Cornell Senior is an accomplished practitioner in all aspects of cob in construction. Dedicated from 1997, he continues to undertake and/or coordinate many successful projects, regularly attends relevant seminars/courses and is conversant with current legislation and good practice guidelines. Furnished with these accumulated achievements allows Leslie to not only provide a professional building restoration service, they also guarantee distinct cob surveys, informed investigations and/or free advice delivered with accuracy and understanding, reassuring all enquirers and Clients they need look no further.

Selected accolades

2005 – Founding Member of Earth Building UK (EBUK) – Cornwall’s only representative
2006 – Member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen
2006 – 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – Best Trade Stand – Royal Cornwall Show – Cob demos
2008 – Power-point Presentation – Devon Earth Building Association (DEBA)
2009 – BBC TV Programme – Historic Building Conservation in association with English Heritage
2013 – CPD’s launched
2013 – 2017 Established Leslie Cornell Building Restoration Ltd
2014 – to date – Founder of The Cornish Cob Society
2014 – Cob in Schools Programme – on-going
2014 – European Energy Efficiency Award – Cornwall Learning/Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust
2015 – Cornwall Careers Initiative – Interactivity for Businesses and Education
2015 – Site Management Safety Training Scheme – Accredited
2015 – Retro-fit Energy Efficiency for Pre-1914 Buildings (STBA) – Level 2
2016 – Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Membership – Accreditation for Cob
2017 – IHBC – Heritage in Law Conference (supported by Historic England)
2017-2018 Federation of Master Builders (FMB) – Appointed South West

Justifiably, Leslie is a respected authority regarding all-matters-cob. Recognition for his knowledge of (and passion for) cob in Cornwall is extensive within the historic [built] environment sector and has earned him deserved reverence. CPD has been and remains a fundamental principle of rationale to Leslie and this is reflected in his enthusiasm to communicate and impart his learning’s to all.

Leslie has a professional and loyal Staff that support this philosophy and are a dedicated body adopting a commitment to proficiency and a pride in their work. In addition, a selected assembly of registered (and trusted) sub-contractors are available for any works that may extend beyond in-house practices.