Curwen Hall Workington

Workington Hall, sometimes called Curwen Hall, is a ruined Grade I listed building on the outskirts of Workington in Cumbria. The present building dates back to around 1404 and was built as a fortified tower house however a 14th century peel tower originally stood on the site. In 1568, Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the Hall for a few days before being moved to Carlisle Castle and into life-long imprisonment.

Allerdale Borough Council
Architect/client representative
Mosedale Gillatt Architects, Newcastle
Contract value

The War Office requisitioned the hall at the outbreak of WWII and it suffered a very serious fire while troops were billeted. At the war’s end, the owners passed the hall in a now much damaged condition over to Workington Borough Council who proposed to restore it and use it as a Town Hall but this never came to fruition and it became a classified ruin. English Heritage and Allerdale Borough Council, the Workington Heritage Group and Friends of Workington Hall Parklands are seeking to carry out the necessary restoration work to make the Hall safe for public access to the areas directly surrounding the building.

Historic Property Restoration has been engaged to carry out this restoration work and to preserve the deteriorating historic fabric of the building which has now fallen into a precarious and unsafe condition. The works are primarily masonry repairs and structural stabilisation of the wall heads, window openings and the external walls. Some waterproofing works to the first floors and roof over the gatehouse will also be undertaken. The first phase has recently been completed and a further larger phase is to commence in spring 2015.

Unsafe areas

The Dean and Chapter and its Fabric Advisory Committee is thrilled with the quality of work produced by HPR Ltd. The skills exhibited in stone masonry are particularly fine. Managers and staff have developed good relations with the client team – we couldn’t have asked for better attitude or commitment.

Lindy Gilliland Testimonial -
Lindy Gilliland - Newcastle Cathedral Project Manager

"From my personal perspective, this was one of the best projects I have been involved with over the last 35 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor, RIS Accredited in Building Conservation. My client role on this was a complete pleasure, because you and your team were first class, complementing the excellent professional design team. Well done!"

Richard Dunn -
PCC Project Co-ordinator, for St John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss

"May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your professional and unfailingly helpful conduct during this project. We particularly appreciate the efforts made to overcome the deficiencies and problems arising from the previous contractor."

Andrew Bodenham -
Blackett Ord Conservation

"HPR recognise, and allow for, the necessary archaeological recording to take place during consolidation work and the disruptions that this may cause to their planned programme of work comes as no surprise to them. This awareness means that their workforce is able to be pro-active in informing the archaeologist of any possible instances when recording may be necessary."

Mick Krupa -
NPHT Archaeologist at Nenthead Smeltmill

"Historic Property Restoration carried out the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The company were extremely professional in their approach throughout the entire process as befits a company with extensive experience in the conservation and restoration sector."

David Lodge -
Greater Morpeth Development Trust

"Historic Property Restoration deliver good quality work to programme and budget on a regular basis. They are reliable and value for money."

Ian Merritt -
English Heritage Conservation and Maintenance Manager
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