Heritage roofing specialists, Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks, is helping to preserve one of Nottinghamshire’s most historic buildings for future generations to enjoy.
Martin-Brooks is completing repairs to the roof and rainwater pipes at the grade I and II listed Kelham Hall, near Newark, as part of a £350,000 refurbishment project.
Decorative cast iron rainwater goods are being renewed or replaced by Martin-Brooks, using traditional materials and techniques, to ensure they are in keeping with the hall’s original appearance. The firm is working closely with main contractor, Robert Woodhead Ltd, who is managing the 16-week contract of repairs at the Victorian mansion.
Kelham Hall was originally home to the Manners-Sutton family, but currently houses the head offices of Newark and Sherwood Council and is used as a catering college and events venue. It was built by John Sanderson circa 1730, but was redesigned after being ravaged by fire by George Gilbert Scott, whose most notable works include St Pancras Station Hotel and the Albert Memorial. In the 1920s, the eye catching Great Chapel was added, which has a distinctive domed roof stretching 62 feet across by 68 feet high.
Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “We enjoy an excellent relationship with our colleagues at Robert Woodhead and it is a pleasure to be part of the team preserving a building as beautiful and historically significant as Kelham Hall. The restoration work requires the highest quality workmanship and a great deal of care and attention to ensure new additions blend seamlessly into the original facade. Our heritage craftsmen are trained specifically in the traditional skills a project like this requires and their work is first class.”