Repair and Restoration

Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Client: The National Trust (North West Region)

Both Directors have worked on and led a number of building projects at Sizergh Castle, situated to the south west of Kendal in Cumbria, for the National Trust since 1990. A £1.4m re-roofing and repair programme (which followed the recommendations of their prepared quinquennial report) has just recently been completed which included analysis of the historic lime pointing and render and used traditional materials and techniques to achieve a sensitively integrated solution. The majority of the works were external but some improvements and repairs were also carried out to the Chapel and Kitchen.

Kenny Brown was the Project Architect who oversaw the extensive external works. These included comprehensive carpentry repairs and complete re-covering of the pitched roofs to the 17th century wings using local Westmorland slate; the rendering and re-rendering of failing chimney stacks; sensitive repairs to the 19th century harled render; re-pointing of the Pele and Deincourt Towers; the re-building of tower parapets and the extensive replacements of lead roof coverings to flat roofs, cornices and weatherings. The Practice worked alongside the National Trust's historic building's panel, English Heritage and the local authority's Conservation Officer to agree an appropriate render material and to discuss the extent of replacement, its composition and finished appearance. Of particular note are the repairs to the failing iconic tiered chimney stacks to the north wing which required consolidation, the application of a rendered finish and the introduction of subtle lead weatherings to improve their water-shedding capabilities. The building work was partly funded by a grant from English Heritage.

Photographs 4 and 5 courtesy of The National Trust archive.

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