Our Projects: Apethorpe Hall
Apethorpe Hall's state apartment suite was rebuilt in 1622-1624 to receive James I, and still has one of the finest sets of Jacobean interiors of the period, with decorative plaster ceilings, fireplaces and panelling.
The house was abandoned to neglect and decay from 1982, becoming one of the most prominent buildings at risk in the country. Following compulsory purchase action, English Heritage took over the site in 2004 and undertook a multi-million pound programme of rescue works, with the aim of selling the Hall for use as a private country house when the conservation project ends. The first phase was a phase of emergency repairs to stabilise the condition of the nationally important building involving the East and South Ranges.
The works involved roof repairs and re-covering of the Collyweston roofs to prevent further water ingress, stone envelope repairs, leaded light fenestration repairs, lead and cast iron rainwater goods, repair and conservation of fine decorative plaster ceilings and sensitive repairs and consolidation of timber wall panelling. Basic fire compartmentation and alarm works and other emergency repairs to the five other ranges of the building were also acted upon.
- Client: English Heritage
- Sector: HeritageResidential
- Services: Cost Consultancy
- Contract: £3 million