Belton House

Project completed: 2017
National Trust
Architect: Contractors design

The Brief

The careful and sympathetic restoration of the existing arched stable doors, which provide access to the restaurant at Belton House. The adaptation of the ‘hanging’ of the doors and ironmongery from originally being side hung, to becoming bi-folding doors. The installation of a modern glass wall and door system within the existing stone arches. To repair the existing ironmongery and manufacture any missing items. Masonry repairs to adjacent stone and the re-laying of the granite cobbles to provide a level access for wheelchairs. Undertaking these works whilst the restaurant was open to the public.

Comments from the contractor

This was a very complex project which included stripping off the original lead-based paint to inspect the condition of the doors. We managed to preserve a large proportion of the original douglas fir timber by splicing in new sections and then finished the repairs using the Repaircare resin which is the preferred product of the National Trust.

Alan Staley