DCMS grant to unlock maintenance programme

£1.2 million grant will reignite vital repair work on hold due to Coronavirus

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Landmark is delighted that a raft of vital conservation and repair projects can restart as soon as possible thanks to a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Landmark has been awarded £1,228,000 from the Major Works Programme strand of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans. 

Landmark’s nationwide repair and maintenance programme was frozen in March due to the national lockdown, with uncertainty about when contracts could be agreed and specialist builders and craftspeople could start work onsite. On top of that, the closure of Landmarks for holiday bookings for three months dealt a devastating blow to Landmark’s finances and directly impacted Landmark’s maintenance budget, which is funded by holiday bookings.

In March, Landmark’s historic estates team of regional surveyors, led by Susan McDonough, rapidly turned their attention to mothballing the vast majority of properties and halted all planned maintenance work. But the DCMS grant, administered at arms-length by Historic England, means that a group of critical projects on hold can now be completed by the end of March 2021.

From Northumberland to Penzance, specialists will repair the fabric of Landmark buildings and landscapes, ensuring properties are safe for public access and weathertight. The work will generate employment for contractors and craftspeople across England, thereby fuelling the recovery of the sector and contributing to local economies. 

‘Our charity suffered a major financial blow due to the closure of Landmark properties, meaning our plans to carry out crucial repair and conservation work came to an abrupt halt. This funding will have a tremendous impact on our ability to care for precious heritage and generate employment for skilled craftspeople.’

Dr Anna Keay OBE, Landmark’s director

Work resumes at Brinkburn Mill

Andrew Wiles of Wiles Maguire Architects, a conservation-accredited architect in Yorkshire, was working on the consolidation of historic ruins beside Brinkburn Mill but had to stop suddenly in March. Thanks to the grant, Andrew can now resume his plans, and Alnwick-based contractors Teasdale Masonry can be appointed to carry out the specialist work involving the use of hot lime mortars.


Urgent roofing work at Calverley Old Hall

We can finally issue a contract for critical work at Grade I-listed Calverley Old Hall. It will see overdue repairs to some of the roofs and replacement of leaking rainwater goods to prevent any further damage. Bridgett Conservation from Doncaster, a family-run contractor specialising in old building repair, won this contract through a competitive tender process and will be starting on site very soon. 


Continuation of reroofing at Cavendish Hall

We had been working on a big slate re-roofing project at Cavendish Hall, but phase two had to be put on hold. We can now pick up this project again to protect the building from the rain and wind, aided by Philip Orchard, a local conservation architect and Ipswich-based roofing contractors, 3A Roofing Ltd. Pictured left is Anton Nightingale, one of the directors of 3A Roofing


Schedule Ancient Monument repair at Crownhill Fort

Le Page Architects based in Plymouth, will commence work currently on hold to repair fabric on the Royal Artillery Store at Crownhill Fort at Plymouth. Phase 1 had created a structurally sound watertight shell. Phase 2 can now reinstate surface water drainage, renew the floor, remove old paint from the internal walls and inspect the steel beams supporting the concrete roof. The grant will also enable Ed Donohue, Crownhill Fort manager, to fix water ingress at the gatehouse and repoint walls at the entrance, allowing safe access to the fort to continue. 

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Delabole slate re-roofing

At our Landmark at Lower Porthmeor near Zennor, we can commence structural repairs and re-roofing of the barns in Delabole slate. We will engage local specialists including Looe-based quantity surveyor Tim Deakin from Peegleys and Kathy Gee from James Lockyer Associates in Liskeard as structural engineer, given the complexity of the work and location. 




Moat project can kick off at the Martello Tower

The moat walls at the Martello Tower in Aldeburgh face increasingly extreme weather. Thanks to the DCMS grant, we can go out to tender for work to repoint the moat walls this winter and replace timber handrails over the drawbridge.


Halting rainwater damage at Methwold

The tender process to replace cast-iron gutters and downpipes at Methwold Old Vicarage will recommence, having been halted due to Coronavirus. The work will prevent further water ingress damage internally at the Grade-I listed vicarage. 


Local firm can resume work at UNESCO site

At North Street at Cromford, a team from H.A. Briddon of Matlock can restart a project to repair the stonework and chimney stacks on the front elevation with lime and new stone, plus replace lead flashings, refurbish original rainwater goods and remove ageing doors and windows. We will use the original draughtsman's drawings of the joinery to recreate the doors and windows using the same timber, techniques and skill of the original craftsmen to reproduce the street scene as it would have been in 1776. Headed up by Peter Napier of Napier and Co of Shrewsbury and Stuart Leavy, regional surveyor for the North West of England.

Local business can work on Old Light

The grant will support vital repairs to the Old Light. Conservation craftspeople Charlie Smith and Rachel Thompson from the aptly named ‘Old Light Building Conservation', will continue repairs to the cantilevered staircase within the tower and replace all the lower sections of the rusted spindles that have long been damaging the granite steps. They will also repoint the weathered gable of the former Lighthouse Keeper's accommodation block with lime mortar, to help keep damp from the Atlantic gales at bay. These vital works were put on hold at the beginning of March, but will now allow safer access to the lighthouse for Lundy visitors and keep the weather out for guests in the lighthouse accommodation. Mike and Ben from family-run business Somerset Forge, will also be heavily involved with welding in and shaping the new spindle sections.

Rachel and Charlie said, ‘Thank you Culture Recovery Fund! We are so happy that this much-needed work is able to continue. Not only for the sake of this magnificent building but also for the help it will give our fledgeling business to stay afloat, following the devastating impact that the pandemic has had upon the heritage organisations who employ us.'


Essential reroofing at Sackville House

After a competitive tender process, family-run Clarke Roofing, established in 1949 in Eastbourne, can start a major project to reroof Sackville House on the High Street in East Grinstead. Scaffolding has been in place since autumn 2019, and work was ready to start in March, so we are very pleased this work can finally take place. Local Horsham stone slates will be used extensively.


Repairing precious fabric at Shute Gatehouse

Work was about to start to carry out much-needed masonry repairs at Shute Gatehouse, providing work for a local contractor and ensuring it doesn’t deteriorate over the winter.


Stabilising the curtain wall at Stogursey Castle

Orchard Stonemasons, based in Devon, will start stabilisation work on the Grade II*-listed curtain wall at Stogursey Castle. The work is to stabilise the extremely friable local lias stone to slow down the decay process.


Tender process resumes at Warden Abbey

In March our tender process was halted suddenly at Warden Abbey, where we were planning key repairs to historic brickwork and timber windows on the east elevation. Landmark’s surveyor for East Anglia, Stephen Donelan, will pick up the tender process again to complete the works by the end of March 2021, working with Philip Orchard, a conservation architect. 


Local stonemason can continue onsite at Woodspring Priory

External walls such as the former cloister at Woodspring Priory are going to be repaired by local contractor, Orchard Stonemasons, led by Mike Orchard, based in Devon. Without the Culture Recovery Fund grant, the structures would have continued to deteriorate.