Syon House Restoration
Historic Property Restoration Ltd began work on the restoration of Syon House, the Duke of Northumberland's ancestral home, in October 2007. The works involved the complete re-covering of the west wing roof in sand cast lead, structural timber repairs to the roof carcasing, the complete renewal of the crenellated parapets to the West, North and South elevations, and extensive stone cleaning, repointing and chimney repairs. The value of the project works was £600,000.
Syon House has perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country, and sits alongside the Thames, surrounded by parkland, opposite Kew Gardens. Rich in history, Syon House was originally the site of a medieval abbey (which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539). The house was a favourite of Catherine of Aragon, and it's more recent notoriety comes via one of the Dukes distant cousin's, Thomas Percy, an accomplice of Guy Fawkes and the "gunpowder plotters" !
The Phase I works were completed two weeks ahead of programme to allow an important wedding to take place at the house. So successful was the project that the client has decided to negotiate the next phase of the works to the east wing directly with Historic Property Restoration Ltd, and works are due to start on this next phase in August 2008.