Repair and Restoration

The King's Manor, York: Repairs to the Principal's House

Client: The University of York (Estates Department)

In February 2010 the Practice carried out a detailed inspection of the roofs and stonework of the Principal's House that sits in the main entrance courtyard of the King's Manor. The report was to establish the scale and character of essential repairs to this bold Grade II* 1910 building which houses a number of archaeology departments. The south facing roofs were in only fair condition but the characteristic swept tile valleys were very poor and allowing water to penetrate. The majority of the spectacular stone and brick chimney stacks were also in a poor condition. The stonework to the parapet and upper levels of the south front were also considered to be long overdue for conservative repair. Rectified photography was carried out by a specialist surveying company to provide the University with a detailed record of the facades and to simplify the identification of the repairs.

The works comprised the re-laying and part replacement of clay tiled roof coverings to the front slopes including the carefully executed swept valleys, the replacement of leadwork to bay roofs and parapet gutters, replacement of associated flashings and soakers, pointing to stonework and brickwork, replacement stonework to chimney stacks and parapet / coping level on front elevation, stitching of cracks in masonry, ashlar and moulded masonry repairs. The everyday use of the building by staff students and visitors had to be maintained throughout the contract and this resulted in extensive safety, security and traffic management arrangements.

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