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Case Study
Goddards Barn

The Low Barn is listed grade II and dates back to circa 16th century. It was moved from Slindon, West Sussex, to become part of Goddards in 1910 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It has been part of The Landmark Trust since 1996

Project details

The works to the barn were to renew the Horsham stone slating, clay ridge and hip tiling to the roof entirely. Repairs and renewal of decayed rafters, purlins, ridge pieces and wall plates were carried out in oak to the roof structure. The timber cladding to the end of the barn was also replaced in it entirety. Extensive repointing, rendering and brickworks were also carried out in various areas across the barn.

Repairs and renewal of decayed rafters, purlins, ridge pieces and wall plates were carried out in oak to the roof structure. The timber cladding to the end of the building was also replaced in its entirety.

Due to limited availability and the fact that provenance of the stone was unclear, it was decided that replacing the roof completely with Horsham stone was no longer viable. To overcome this the Architect and Client decided that the salvaged Horsham stone would cover the lower courses and the upper courses would be replace with Aldershaw handmade red clay plain tiles. Prior to the installation, the Horsham stone was graded. The Horsham stone was laid on a lime mortar mix specially formulated for this project.

When stripping the roof of the Horsham stone, we salvaged as much as possible, setting it aside for reuse. This then allowed us to carry out the extensive oak repairs to the roof. To retain as much of the existing roof structure as possible it was decided to make as many repairs as possible rather than replacing, using methods which made the visual impact from below less noticeable.

Once the repairs to the roof structure had been completed and the softwood boarding was in place, we could get on with installing the roof covering. We put in place the counter battens, underlay and the battens ready for the lower courses of Horsham stone and upper courses of clay tiles.

Our team then installed the roof covering using their knowledge learnt through the years and from their training at a specialist roofing training centre. The finished roof will remain watertight for many years and the Landmark trust were very happy with the finished project.

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