Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is one of the most famous ecclesiastical buildings in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Cathedral was built by the Norman’s over 900 years ago as a shrine to house the earthly remains of St Cuthbert and towers over the city of Durham on the banks of the River Wear.

Client
The Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral
Architect/client representative
Purcell Architects
Contract value
£750,000

The sheer size of the building with its massive towers and pinnacles has required constant attention over successive generations to maintain the extensive stonework facades and has survived remarkably well considering its exposure to the vagaries of the North East Weather invading armies, and wartime activities.

The quinquennial inspection identified the requirement for intervention to many areas of the historic fabric of the Cathedral to prevent further erosion of the stonework and HPR were delighted to be involved in the first phase of extensive masonry repairs to this unique historical and much loved building.

Work commenced in August 2014 and was completed nearly a year later in July 2015, engaging 15 of our time-served heritage skilled stonemasons.

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Durham Cathedral carved stone replacements

"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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