Building Works Starting Soon.
Building repairs to start this Spring
All the necessary statutory permissions have now been obtained, we have full go-ahead from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, so we can now start the long awaited major repairs to St Mary’s, Barnard Castle. In late November, we received the tenders from potential contractors and appointed Askins and Little, specialist stonemasons, as the main contractor. Stained Glass window conservation will be undertaken by Jonathan and Ruth Cooke, who carried out the superb restoration of the Kempe window in the chancellor (the one behind the vicar’s seat) in 2018.
We anticipate work starting this Spring and taking several months to complete.
It has taken more than three years of planning, preparation, grant applications, work by our Architect (and a great deal of frustration!) to reach this stage. We ought to be excited that these major works, particularly repairs to the top to bottom crack through the west nave wall, will now take place. However, we are in for a very challenging few months, with the tower and main entrance completely scaffolded and with scaffolding inside the church down the nave.
Sadly, the rumours of high-level scaffold tours are unfounded (not permitted on safety grounds) but we will all be able to see the high level views of, and from, the church once DigVentures, our project partners, have completed the planned drone film. This is part of the heritage aspects of the project, which DigVentures are running in parallel with the building works.