Hylton Castle Renovation

S&CC Ltd worked with Beaumont Brown Architects to provide initial structural advice for the renovation of Hylton Castle in Sunderland - the shell of a three-storey C14th gate house. 

The brief called for removal of “inappropriate materials” i.e. concrete slabs. Early in the project, S&CC Ltd exploited their expertise in the use of traditional design to recommend sympathetic timber restoration, as well as conservation of as much of the historic fabric as possible. Concepts were developed that used existing sockets in present walls and foundations to support timber floors with three control timber posts on the lower floor.

However the combined team of Conservation officers, Architects, and Historic England advisers preferred a modern intervention. S&CC were kindly given the option of withdrawing from the project. The design team decided to install concrete floors, steel beams and steel columns down to new foundations excavated in the existing foundations.