Due to issues with rotten timbers, the roof structure of the Grade II listed building at St Cuthbert’s needed a full refurbishment. Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd carried out the removal and reslating of the roof coverings to the duo pitch nave roof to allow for the repairs to take place.
Once the roof was stripped, extensive oak repairs were carried out, including the replacement of damaged sections of the timber structure (trusses, purlins and rafters). The North and South wall plates were completely renewed, without causing any disruptions to the integrity of the roof structure.
Various methods of repair were needed throughout the project and we worked closely with the structural engineer to ensure we completed the project in the most efficient manner, whilst conserving as much as the original material as possible.
New sandstone ridge tiles were carved by our stonemasons and then used to replace the heavily decayed tiles which were no longer fit for purpose. The stone copings to each end of the nave roof were removed and rebedded to allow for lead DPM (Damp Proof Membrane) and secret gutters to be installed. All the rainwater goods were replaced with new cast iron including the installation of a rainwater diverter kit to discharge water into a rainwater butt.
On completion of the timber repairs, the original slates were re-laid with 50% of the shortfall being replaced with new reclaimed materials to match the existing slating.
The church is situated at the head of the valley with only access via a narrow track lane, so careful planning was required to ensure the smooth running of the project with regard to deliveries, welfare and coordination of the works. The scaffold design incorporated a temporary roof to prevent any damage to the works due to the exposed location of the church, subsequently preventing any delays.
John Coward Architects have been shortlisted for the regional RICS 2017 award in the Building Conservation category for this project and Heritage are proud to have have been part of the team.