16 South Bailey – St John’s College, Durham


Client: St John’s College   Project Value: £291,581 Contract Duration:  February 2013. – May 2013

 The project involved the  refurbishment and alteration of  a large Grade II listed building formerly used as a private dwelling to form staff offices for St John’s College, one of only two “recognised” colleges financially and constitutionally independent of Durham University. The building is in South Bailey on the peninsular alongside the Cathedral and Castle which is a World Heritage Site. Listed Building Consent was granted for the planned alterations and our staff worked closely with the archaeological specialists Archeo-Environmental to implement the monitoring and recording procedures required.  Once on site it became apparent that the rendered stone façade was in a much worse state than anticipated. This resulted in a large proportion of the render being removed and the use of a bespoke, approved product Harling Render applied in agreement with Durham County Council planning department by a specialist rendering contractor with suitable experience of heritage works. We carried out major structural alteration including floor strengthening, damp proofing and timber treatment along with renewal and replacement of sash window, re-placement of the slate and lead roofs and a full M & E overhaul


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