After much planning and preparation, we have been able to get cracking on the works to the roof of the West Barn and Granary!
When the scaffolding was erected, the views from the top were stunning! We hope to frame the vista of the Wentworth Estate through the new rooflights.
The first task was to remove the existing asbestos sheeting from the roof. Having been tested, we knew that it posed a fairly low risk, but all the same we had specialist contractors to remove the asbestos.
After removing the roof covering the skeleton of the roof was revealed.
We were then able to see what repair was required to the existing stone walls as well.
The wildlife survey called for bat boxes to be installed into the existing walls, in order to try and maintain the habitat for the bats. the boxes were carefully built into the walls, and are barely visible from the ground. But they are definitely there!
The light coming through the naked roof structure gave a unique view, which would soon be covered again.
In order to make the roof structurally sound we had to replace the existing ridge beam with a new steel. Removing the original timber ridge required a crane, due to the height and weight of the pieces.
The 1980’s structure to support the asbestos roof was removed, along with the old warped and rotten timber rafters.
The roof was then nearly ready to start rebuilding!