Posted: October 19th 2020
by Sophie Twyford
This exciting and vital project to restore the Samuel Wyatt Vinery commenced on the 3rd of August 2020 when the chosen contractors, Messenger BCR, arrived on site.
One of the first steps in any construction project is to provide access to every area of the building that needs to be worked on. Constructed by Rise Scaffolding, the immense framework that encases the Vinery includes over 8000 individual tubes and weighs approximately 52 tonnes in total.
Before the scaffolding was constructed, however, the Messenger team had to remove all 1400 panes of glass from the glasshouse roof to allow the poles to pass through it. This involved painstakingly removing thousands of tiny pins that held the panes in place. The glass is currently stored within one of the ground floor rooms to await cleaning.
Once access was provided by the scaffolding, more advanced and detailed surveys were able to commence. The 8.5 meter long rafters were drilled to assess the extent of rot and paint samples were sent off to be analysed. The architect was then able to identify the timbers that need to be replaced, which are now in the process of being removed. The majority of sash window sections from the south glasshouse have also been removed to access the rotten window sills underneath.