The Grade II Listed Lewes Town Hall was rebuilt from the infamous 16th Century Star Inn in the High Street, the undercrofts of which still remain and were used to imprison 10-17 martyrs, who were burned at the stake within a few yards of the site!
Lewes Town Council is home to one of the 300 largest Parish Councils in England and Wales. It is the successor to Lewes Borough Council, which was incorporated in 1881.
Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd were appointed as Main Contractor to carry out multi re-roofing and restoration projects which included, slating and tiling and new Code 6 lead flashings with rolled mop stick back cast iron gutters. In addition, we carried out the replacement of decayed timber sash windows and flower boxes, redecoration, chimney repairs and rendering and repointing to the parapet walls and façade together with rain water good renewals and repairs.
All leadwork was hand bossed to avoid the risk of fire. The phased work was carried out over 2-3 years.
Careful consideration of access/egress for deliveries and waste removal was paramount as we were working on a public, occupied building within the heart of the main shopping centre on the High Street with one-way narrow streets surrounding the building.
Slating work was carried out to the Corn Exchange roof which was finished with Canadian Glendyne Slates. This slate will withstand the most severe weather conditions and last the lifetime of the building and is ideal for use on any major project including supermarkets, schools, city offices and prestige homes.
New clay tiles were used to recover the Assembly Hall as the existing were not reusable. All works were carried out to BS5534 with consideration to the Heritage aspect of the contract.
Lewes is famous for its annual Bonfire Parade which brings together all the local Bonfire Societies – because our project was on the main parade route we erected extra hoarding to protect the project and stop any unwanted access and to ensure everyone was safe during the evening parade.
In total the various work phases amounted to over £300,000 of roofing and repairs.