Putting the pieces back together.
Structural timber repair
Left derelict for years and at risk of collapse, parts of the structure were taken down
In 2019 works began to restore the building
Trace were asked to design and implement timber repair works to reinstate a series of oak trusses
Concealed GRP rods and resins were employed to reinstate whilst maintaining all of the historic fabric
Nineteen and one conifer timbers were takes and tested, this dated the time at which the timbers were grown from between 1366 to 1476, with the trees being felled in 1476, and likely being grown fairly locally. This was earlier than anticipated with building being opened in 1711.
Method of repair
Many of the trusses were simply in pieces and principally the work was to reconnect these sections of timber to reinstate them to the original form. This was achieved by carefully drilling and inserting glass resin polymer bars fixed with resins. It would not have been feasible with traditional repairs to reinstate without significantly affecting the appearance of the trusses.