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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