Unfortunately, it was decided, in conjunction with Historic England, that the walls around the staircase were too degraded and had to be rebuilt. We are keen to always preserve the original fabric where possible but sometimes the state of the original materials makes this impossible.
We ended up undertaking an assessment of what could be salvaged, what had to be removed, and what could be replaced using traditional methods. We only introduced modern stainless plates where it was impossible to use a traditional timber repair. In the eastern wall there is an arch window that was rebuilt as a traditional masonry arch rather than use the modern alternative of a steel lintel to provide the support.
The client, and we, were fortunate to be working with Woolford Construction who are experts in traditional construction techniques. They are skilled in green oak construction, the use of lime putty and lime plaster and understanding the time it takes for these traditional materials to cure. Current modern methods of repair would be completed in 6 weeks, but the time required for drying the traditional materials meant a 6-month timescale for the project.
Currently (April 2023) restoration works are progressing. The walls have been rebuilt, the wooden truss has been repaired, the infill timber has been put in place, and we will soon be putting the roof back on the building. These repairs will ensure the stability of the building for the long term.
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