Grade II* Listed
Aura were initially appointed to restore the Hall’s tower and roof dome back in 2013 and appointed again last year as Principal Contractor to undertake a much larger restoration project.
In brief, the project included;
• Complete overhaul of the main hall roof with patch repair of the northern range
• Fire rating and establishing fire compartmentation of loft spaces
• Below-ground surface drainage system
• Repointing and stone repairs
• Structural repairs to the timber
• Trusses and associated timbers
• Insulation of ceilings in the loft areas
• Rooftop surface water drainage systems by RWP
During the complete overhaul of the main hall roof the entire hall had to be encapsulated in a temporary roof covering from a complex scaffold structure to enable Aura to carry out the full replacement of the slate roof and lead covering on the main hall and the creation of a central Code 8 lead flat roof around the central atrium.
The slates from the main hall were replaced with new Burlington slates from Burlington Stone in Cumbria and the salvaged slates were used to repair the range.
The rainwater system and goods were also replaced to increase the outflow capacity, discharging into new downpipes via reconfigured lead gutters, and new below-ground drainage was installed where necessary.
Bespoke joinery repairs were carried out to the timber lanterns, window frames and sills. Internal timber panelling was replaced where necessary due to water damage, replicated to match the existing.
Additionally, within the roof structure, splice repairs were carried out to the joist ends, rafters were replaced and a new timber framework created to form the new lead roof.
It was a highly complex roof structure requiring traditional repairs. Aura ensured that they appointed their most experienced and heritage-skilled workforce to the project, who remained on site for the entire duration. All are specialist traditional craftsmen.
Overall, the project was a huge success was the winner of the 2018 RICS Award for Building Conservation category Yorkshire and Humber.