Jacob Bancks Room, Hall Place,Maidenhead, for The Berkshire College of Agriculture
The repair and conservation of a Grade One Listed roof structure within Hall Place (c1734), Berkshire. The roof of the main dining room, known as the Jacob Bancks Room after the first owner of the house, had been subjected to a series of interventions and repairs, many of which were inappropriate, and was found to be in a dangerous condition. Roof leaks had contributed to ceiling damage, and our initial task was to design temporary works to provide emergency structural support. The permanent conservation works designs included strengthening of the original primary timbers using bolted in steel sections, new lead and re-laid slate roofs, the removal of internal downpipes, and the replacement of the existing ceilings with lime plaster on new chestnut laths.
Our roles on this project comprised the initial survey and assessment, emergency temporary works designs, listed building consent application and liaison with the Conservation Officer, cost consultant, and contract administration, as well as all design work.
Client Berkshire College of Agriculture