St Cuthbert's Church, Durham

St Cuthbert's church and presbytery were designed by the English Architect Ignatius Bonomi and opened in 1827 replacing two Elvet Chapels. The tower was added to the church in 1869, and the building was consecrated in July 1910. An inspection of all of the Church’s property takes place every five years and a detailed report on the condition of the stonework revealed significant erosion with flaking and spalling and the Church was placed on English Heritage’s ‘Places of Worship at Risk Register'.

The PCC of St Cuthbert's Church
Architect/client representative
Ainsworth Spark Architects, Newcastle
Contract value

After the tender process, and with English Heritage’s approval of the project, Historic Property Restoration was appointed as principal contractor and preparatory work began on site in July 2013 with practical completion reached in February 2014.

Work included removal and replacement of the stone tracery to the Harry Clarke memorial window and the resolution of structural problems at the top of the church tower which were discovered when on site. Following expert advice from structural engineers HPR repaired and replaced timbers as necessary and added reinforcement to the tower. Further stability problems with the parapet at the top of the south wall of the church, required rebuilding of that part of the wall.

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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