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Project specifics: 

Project: Church of St Peter and St Paul

Location: Edenbridge, Kent

Contract: JCT Minor Works

Value: £183,509


This project involved carrying out extensive repairs to the central valley of an Oak Grade II Elizabethan Church roof. The roof had leaked for some time and had become badly infected with death watch beetle. There had also been some poor attempts to repair the problem. Concrete had been poured into sections of the valley and this needed to be very carefully broken out. Ellis worked closely with Church experts, Architect Robin Nugent and Structural Engineer Clive Dawson on the project.

Works carried out consisted of supporting the main roof structure and carefully cutting out and removing all defective timber, along with the concrete. New Oak timbers were jointed to existing rafters and the valley structure reformed and refinished with Lead, all installed to traditional methods and standards.

The working area of this project was extremely restricted and the works had to be carried out a section at a time to preserve the structural integrity of the roof. Throughout the repairs two of the Chapels were able to remain open, as Ellis ensured they caused minimal disruption and were sensitive to the Church’s commitments to the community at all times.

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