Tuesday, 01 December 2015 14:35

Historic Churches

St Andrew’s , Winston, County Durham

There were found to be major movements in the east Chancel wall and potential collapse at one of the windows. Minor reconstruction and strengthening to the wall were carried out and some small sensitive repairs to the roof structure.

Holy Trinity, Darlington 

We were appointed by the PCC to provide structural advice to the architects, Beaumont: Brown, over the roof in respect of insulation and associated extra loading and the capacity of roof members that had suffered a range of decay over time.

St Michael and All Angels, Newburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Designs were prepared for the partial reconstruction of Newburn Church on the Tyne after a devastating fire in 2010. A new timber roof was designed for the medieval nave and a new spire for the Norman tower.  Much investigation was required to justify the stability and retention of masonry.

St Andrew’s, Roker, Sunderland

This internationally important, Grade I listed Arts and Crafts church contains renowned artistic treasures including William Morris carpets and a large Burne-Jones tapestry.

We were brought in to deal with concerns about some cracking and movement in the structure. Our inspection found hidden wrought iron metalwork used to strengthen the tracery and mullions in the windows. We concluded that this metalwork was susceptible to corrosion, causing expansion and movement in the windows. Robert Thorniley-Walker has researched and published on this topic, allowing accurate diagnosis and resolution of the problems (Tutton et al, Windows, Chapters 6 &7; Directors).