In 2017 Heritage Conservation Restoration commenced work at Southwell Minster. The project ran for 28 weeks, and kicked off in May until November.
The project involved new lead roofing to the North and South Choir Aisles, Clergy Vestry and the Chapel, as well as minor Masonry and Repointing to the Parapets and the installation of a Mansafe System to allow safe access for future maintenance.
The first stage of the works involved a scaffold around the perimeter of the roofs, which also included a temporary roof to ensure the Minster remained watertight throughout the job. The existing slates were then stripped off, and the lead works to the gutters were removed. Reforming Joinery works were then carried out to the gutters, and a Sub Base was built in preparation for the new Lead hollow rolled bays. Sand Cast Lead was used for the roof and the gutters as specified by the Architects as this material is more in-keeping with the buildings historic look and feel. Masonry and repointing works were carried out to the high level Parapets, whilst access was available as part of the roofing works which were being carried out.
The project ran entirely to plan, sticking with the agreed timescales and budget, and Heritage are pleased to have secured Phase 2 works to the Choir and Chancel roofs.