News: Newark Town Hall and Buttermarket Grade I heritage restoration for M&M Asset Management set to complete
Scaffolding has come down from the façade of the Grade I listed
Newark Town Hall as a £600,000 restoration programme nears
completion. Over the last seven months, a team of specialist
contractors and craftsmen have painstakingly repaired and improved
decayed sections of stonework, timber, windows and roofs across the
Georgian town hall and the Buttermarket behind, as part of a
project to protect the buildings for the future.
newly unveiled facade of Newark Town Hall
Powell Williams worked together with highly experienced
contractors Skillingtons Stonemasons of Grantham and Stamford-based
Messenger Construction, along with Historic England and local
authority conservation officers, to draw up a sympathetic and
sensitive programme of works, following two years of detailed
research and investigation.
Using traditional techniques, masonry works involved repairing
or replacing blocks, with locally sourced new stone, which had
cracked or shattered due to water ingress and frost over more than
200 years. Stonework has also received surface treatment to
stabilise and protect it from the weather, while corroded embedded
metalwork has also been replaced.
Stonework features such as the heraldic figures of the Coat of
Arms in the pediment (the triangular shape above the four columns)
and the Coat of Arms above the Buttermarket entrance have been
repaired and repainted. Ornate plasterwork on the underside of the
front façade has been repaired and repainted, and nearly 100
windows repaired and re-decorated.
Examples of before and after the restoration works
On the Buttermarket, sections of the roofs were re-tiled with
some timber replaced, to protect both the building itself and the
tenant shops and cafes within. Final works are ongoing with works
on the lower storeys to be completed by the start of November.
Andy Williams, Powell Williams' project manager for the
"Both the Town Hall, originally built in 1774, and the 1884
Buttermarket were showing the effects of dealing with centuries of
British weather, and some past repairs which had now succumbed to
the effects of time. Our programme, based on the principles of good
conservation, was designed to bring the exteriors back to former
glory, limit the loss of historic fabric and protect the building
envelope for the future.
"People may be able to appreciate the improvements made to the
architectural details such as the coats of arms, although they may
be difficult to see from the ground. But most of the work is in
quite inaccessible areas and won't really be obvious, which of
course is one of the main aims of restoring a Grade I listed
building. The team we put together, the consultants, craftsmen and
contractors, has done a great job in helping to preserve these
Delight at very high standard of work
Cllr David Lloyd, Leader of Newark Town Council added:
"These are two of the most important historic buildings in Newark,
of which we are all proud custodians. We have a responsibility to
protect and preserve great buildings for future generations, and
this programme of works has done just that. We want to thank the
project team for their diligence in completing the work to such a
high standard and with minimum disruption to the users of the
building and the surrounding streets. It's great to see the Town
Hall's face all spruced up and welcoming people into the town
centre once again."
Powell Williams was appointed to the project, from initial
assessment through to completion of works, by M&M Asset
Management which manages the upkeep of the building.