Palace Green Library, Durham
Client – Durham University
Architect – WS Atkins
Value - £160,000
The project comprised of the stripping of the
existing slate roof & lead valleys to enable major repairs/replacement of
the structural oak timber members.
History of the buildings
The Palace Green Library buildings which are listed and form part of the
World Heritage Site date back to the 17 Century. Our site was within the
shadow of the Cathedral & Castle and adjacent to the main entrance of the
Cathedral. Due to its close proximity to two of Durham’s major visitor
attraction, the works and site establishment had to be carefully planned
to minimise disruption and visual impact.
In addition to replacing
structural oak members we were contracted to install secondary steelwork &
gusset plates to strengthen some of the historic oak King Post trusses.
The works also included rebuilding of a structurally unsafe chimney (brick
by brick), stone repairs/replacements, the reconstruction of the lead
gutters and the renewal of the slate roof coverings.
The building had to
remain operation so we constructed a temporary roof over the building to
allow the works to be undertaken beneath and ensure that the public had
access to the building and other buildings such as the neighbouring
The works were completed and successfully handed
back to the University prior to their next planned public exhibition.