Copy and images courtesy of The Burton Manor Restoration Company Ltd:
Progress Notes 11th May 2019
Tremendous progress has been made, particularly on the external works. The repair of the roof is around 75% complete, noticeable by the rich green colours now visible in the Westmorland slates on the front elevation facing The Village. The scaffold is starting to come down, exposing the refurbished windows, fascia’s and plumbing.
Work to the westerly wing continues with the principle rooms to the ground floor now decorated, carpeted and largely furnished. We hope to have some staff working from these areas of the building within a few weeks. The Library is currently having the wood block floor relayed, following which it will be sanded and polished.
As previously reported the dry rot is mainly in the easterly wing. Having been exposed, staircases, skirtings and architectural timbers were templated prior to their removal. We are now just over 2 months in to a 5 month period of heating and drying this part of the building to reduce the humidity levels and kill off the dry rot. Regular moisture and temperature readings indicate the programme is on schedule, we therefore expect the reconstruction of this wing to commence in July. In the meantime the 19 dehumidifiers and 30 plus heaters continue to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Senior Planning Officer of the local authority and the Conservation Officer have visited the site and are pleased to see the progress made. They expect to be able to issue a decision very shortly on the application to insert a gate in to the rebuilt front wall.
Gardens & Grounds
As previously reported the work to the grounds has been more extensive in reality than any of us expected. With tree removal now complete, the views that have opened up from the Manor are quite wonderful, overlooking the surrounding countryside and beyond as originally planned by Mawson when setting the gardens out. The paths around the gardens are being relayed and the iron estate style fencing to the southerly boundary, which is of a style particular to the Manor, is to be repaired and replaced as appropriate.
A proposed replanting scheme has been prepared by landscape architects in consultation with the Friends, this has now been submitted to the local authority for their approval. This will include some careful planting to try and screen the power station.
As many residents will be aware the café has now been open for a couple of weeks. Trading as “Burton’s”, business has been brisk and the feedback from customers very positive. Claire Russell and her team look forward to welcoming local residents and visitors.
Progress Notes Burton Manor 28th March 2019.
As can be seen from the village, the Manor is now shrouded in scaffold. The windows are being overhauled, cast iron plumbing replaced and the eaves restored. The stonework is being repointed where required and the roof overhauled and repaired using Westmorland slates sourced to match the originals. In accordance with ecological requirements “bat slates” are being fitted to agreed locations.
Work to the westerly wing is well under way with the principle rooms now nearing completion. This wing of the building was largely unaffected by the dry rot, but nonetheless the work has been extensive. Services have been updated, period plasterwork has been replicated and the rooms are being finished in shades selected from a colour chart of the period.
All of the dry rot has now been exposed to the centre and easterly wing of the building. The extent to which it penetrated the building is incredible with multiple outbreaks and extending up to 23 meters from source. Patterns for the timbers and staircases have been made before stripping back. This section of the building is now being dried with 19 dehumidifiers and over 30 heaters running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Renovation of the café is well under way. We hope to have work complete during April. Claire Russell looks forward to welcoming local residents and visitors back to a much improved café and village shop.
Update: Opening Monday 16th April and will be called "Burtons at the Manor".
Gardens & Grounds
The work in the grounds removing the trees approved by the local authority has been more extensive in reality than any of us expected. It has however opened up wonderful views from the Manor, as originally planned by Mawson when setting the gardens out. In removing the trees we found a significant number to be decaying.
We are now liaising with the Friends in respect of the replanting. We will be visiting specialist nurseries and growers over the forthcoming weeks to identify appropriate specimen trees and shrubs.