West Mural Tower Auckland Castle


S&CC worked with Doonan Architects and the Auckland Castle Trust to fully repair and renovate this isolated medieval tower. Emergency works were needed and a sensitive design to bring back the ruin for future use.

Auckland Castle was once part of the private residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham. It is now one of the best preserved bishops’ palaces in the whole of Europe

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Loudoun Castle

S&CC provided expert structural evidence to the Scottish Minister of State at the Loudoun Castle Inquiry on measures to save this important ruined castle. The aim is to allow development in some parts of the Loudoun Estate to fund £12 Million of stabilization works Parts of the Category A listed building date from as early as the 12th-century, but much of its present appearance was formed in the early 1800s when the 15th-century keep and 17th-century extension were combined. The Grand Loudoun Castle Buildings have stood derelict since they were ruined by a fire in 1941. Many parts of the 12th , 15th and the 19th Century buildings are in danger of further imminent collapse. S&CC recommended that once the ruin was made safe, then the building could be become a tourist attraction, or could be developed. 

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Historic Churches

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 , 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.

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Wallington Hall

Wallington is a fine C18th-century house to the west of Morpeth in Northumberland. The original building was constructed in 1688 as a hunting lodge, with the current structure largely dating to the first half the C18th.

S&CC Ltd worked with the National Trust to provide an inspection of the first-floor structure in the south-east and south-west wings. The report was intended to assess the robustness of the building for increasing visitor numbers and make recommendations concerning potential strengthening measures and advice about specific limitations in capacity for extra loads.

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Castle Howard

Structural & Civil Consultants have carried out a range of projects at Castle Howard.

Recent work has included:

                          • -the design of oak-framed garage buildings for an inner courtyard working with Surveyors LHL;
                          • -temporary works and modifications in the stable blocks;
                          • -advice on under-floor chimney flues;
                          • -calculations for loading capacities for weddings and other parties;
                          • -initial designs for major strengthening works for the Octagonal tower.

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Walmgate Bar

Walmgate Bar in York was originally the main south-east medieval gateway through the historic city walls. The Scheduled Monument comprises a stone gateway with two-storey building above with elements dating to the 12th century, together with the best-preserved stone barbican in the country, as well as an Elizabethan timber extension at the rear supported on stone pillars.

In 2013, S&CC Ltd were asked to prepare a scheme of protection, strengthening, conservation and restoration works for Walmgate Bar, for York City Council. The project was undertaken as part of other works by the firm around the City Walls.

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Appleby Castle

The Scheduled Monument of Appleby Castle is situated in the historic town of Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, overlooking the River Eden. It consists of a 12th-century castle keep, known as Caesar's Tower, as well as a Jacobean mansion house. These, together with their associated buildings are set in a courtyard surrounded by curtain walls.S&CC Ltd has been working together with the owner, Mrs Nightingale, and Historic England (English Heritage) to investigate and monitor the distress in the keep.

After S&CC Ltd recorded relative movement of 1.1mm in the foundations over a 5m-length of wall during a period of just 4 weeks in 2013, the team investigated further movement and looked at possible explanations. Although monitoring showed that movements have effectively stopped, repairs have been carried out that will allow for potential future movements. The conservation engineer has suggested a range of remedial measures, covering cost-effective interventions that eliminate potential contributory factors to the structural distress.

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Ravensworth castle

This complex of medieval and Georgian buildings lies just beyond the A1 at Gateshead near the Angel of the North.  We acted as sub-consultants to architects Beaumont Brown, working on an initial inspection and stabilisation of the buildings on the ‘At Risk’ Register.  Many of ruins, particularly in the Gothic Georgian arches, vaults, and towers were deemed to be at high risk of imminent collapse. 

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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.



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York City Walls

Structural and Civil Consultants Ltd were appointed by York City to undertake the role of surveying and stabilising the 3.4km length of York’s city walls. York’s famous walls with walkways, bars, towers and associated buildings comprise the most intact wall structure of any city in England.

The original walls were built around 71 AD and although much of the Roman defences were destroyed by the Vikings, there are still some significant Roman remains such as the Multangular Tower in the Museum Gardens.The majority of the remaining walls, which encircle the whole of the medieval city, date from the 12th–14th century, with some reconstruction carried out in the 19th century and later.

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The Black Barn, Heather Thatch

The heather-thatched  Black Barn in Northumberland is the only original ling clad roof barn in England. Working alongside Spencer & Dower, Structural and Civil Consultants repaired the structural crucks in the original timber members. 

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