At the outset of the project, the existing condition of the building was poor and deteriorating, and this was recorded in the Heritage at Risk Register. The proposed works sought to conserve the historic fabric of the building, to prevent further decay, to replace elements which have degraded beyond repair, and to resolve the problems resulting from a long history of previous low-quality and inappropriate repairs and interventions.

A detailed Schedule of Repair Works was developed following a full Condition Survey and Report carried out by Crosby Granger Architects in January 2021.  The repair project was part-funded by Historic England under the umbrella of the Applebly Heritage Action Zone programme, which was instigated following extensive flooding in the town during Storm Desmond in 2015.

The principal thrust of the repair scheme was to remove the largely modern and cementitious render from the exterior of the building. The cementitious render was trapping water within the solid wall masonry structure, causing severe dampness and associated degradation of the internal finishes and building fabric.

 

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The Moot Hall is a prominent public building in the centre of the ancient town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. It is a Grade II* listed building on the national Heritage at Risk Register (entry 1145607­), and lies in the Appleby Conservation Area, which is itself designated At Risk.

The Moot Hall lies on Boroughgate, the principal thoroughfare of the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria.   Appleby was the county town of Westmorland until the county as a whole was lost to the Local Government Act of 1972.   The Borough of Appleby was granted a royal charter in 1179.

The Moot Hall is considered to date from 1596, and has been in continual use ever since as the meeting place of local government.   It continues to be owned and operated by Appleby Town Council – the Council offices and Council Chamber are on the first floor.  The building also houses the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and a retail unit.

The cement render was replaced with highly porous hot-mixed lime render and limewash. The damaged internal plaster to the first floor council chamber was also replaced where it was defective. Associated repairs were made to the slate roofs, chimneys and copings, internal roof structure and many of the windows, doors and shopfronts. The undersized rainwater goods were replaced with additional downpipes installed.

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INSTAGRAM

Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Our award-winning practice has long established expertise in projects involving the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as new designs for sensitive sites.

From the scholarly restoration of churches and historic houses across the north of England to master planning for owners of large private estates, Cumbrian clients include the National Trust, Holker Hall, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall and Muncaster Castle. The practice also has clients, including independent schools, in Co. Durham, Cheshire, the Midlands and London.

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GREAT NEWS! Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Gordon Blunt joined the practice in September 2020 and is tasked with managing and improving the studio’s production of information, knowledge sharing and providing technical oversight on major projects.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

#heritage #conservation #worldheritagesite #lakedistrict #coniston #ullockmoss #levenshall #vernacular #ldnp #aonb #nationalpark #kendal #vernaculararchitecture #ecclesiastical #crosbygranger #design #independentschools #spab
GREAT NEWS! Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Amy Redman has been with the firm since January 2022 after completing the SPAB Scholarship. Amy will lead on growing the office’s heritage conservation reputation while strengthening existing team members knowledge and skills in this field.

Andrew Bodenham who started at Crosby Granger Architects in January 2019, is leading the practice’s research and development in the use of traditional materials and highlighting its work in historic settings.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

#heritage #conservation #worldheritagesite #lakedistrict #coniston #ullockmoss #levenshall #vernacular #ldnp #aonb #nationalpark #kendal #vernaculararchitecture #ecclesiastical #crosbygranger #design #independentschools #spab

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