Skillingtons won the main contract for the repair of this ruinous Jacobean mansion in Bedfordshire for English Heritage. The work was carried out during 2006 and comprised the conservation of brickwork, clunch conservation and replacement, stabilisation and protection of decorative and plain plasterwork, and wall cappings.
Particular issues with this project were: working in phases that allowed continuity of public access to the majority of the site; security of a remote site; and stabilising parts of the building fabric that were never designed to be exposed to the elements in the way that they now are.
The work was completed to a very high standard, to programme and to a budget, all in all giving this fascinating property a new lease of life in its ruinous form.
Contract value range: £150-£200K
Client: English Heritage
Architect: RH Partnership Architects
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