2015 King of Prussia Gold Medal – Runner up
St Peter’s Church, East Drayton, is a Grade I listed church in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
This church is a magnificent example of late medieval architecture and is often described as having a very ‘complete medieval exterior’. Building work began in the late 12th Century and continued over the next 300 years, with later additions in both the 13th and 15th Century.
The Nave trusses were significantly damaged by Death Watch Beetle and having successfully secured an English Heritage grant, Carl was appointed to undertake the repair and re-covering of the nave roof.
The development phase began with the complete investigation of the roof timbers from an internal scaffold to understand the construction and full extent of the problem. The trusses were closely inspected by a structural engineer and timber specialist. A micro bore survey was completed revealing large areas of erosion to a number of the trusses and it was obvious from very early on that there was severe structural damage.
The existing trusses and rafters were carefully repaired on site using traditional methods and retaining the decorative colour scheme to the principle components. It was important that the humidity was controlled to allow the timbers to dry, we have therefore improved the external drainage to keep the walls dryer and added opening vents to the clerestory windows to improve the air flow and ventilation.
- Parish Church of St Peter
- East Drayton PCC
- English Heritage Grant Aided Roof Repairs
- Grade I