Levens Hall Renovations
Levens Hall is currently undergoing some major restoration work to the west side of the house. The work being a carried out will not greatly affect our visitor experience, apart from there won’t be any access to the tearoom terrace until approximately mid September.
The information below should answer most of your questions but if you need further clarification then please ring us on 015395 60321 or email email@example.com
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
We are re-rendering the West Elevation with lime mortar.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
During the 1940’s the West Elevation was covered with hard cement render because at the time it was thought that it would keep water out of the building more effectively. However, over time the render has trapped moisture behind the surface, which has caused the lime mortar beneath to deteriorate.
Maintenance is a continual process for every old building. This project is a major undertaking for Levens Hall and requires skilled workmen, the right materials and application to last another century.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS NOW?
Lime work can only be carried out in spring and summer as the lime ‘carbonates’ and hardens during the warmer weather. The elevation has been sheeted in to allow this carbonation process to be controlled and ensure a successful application.
WHY ARE WE USING LIME?
Small cracks in the mortar allow the rain to get in, but also allow it to evaporate and dry out.
WHAT KIND OF WORK IS NEEDED?
The cement render will be removed, the mortar in the stonework will be raked out and the joints repointed with lime mortar. The whole process is likely to take four months.
WHAT WILL THE WALL LOOK LIKE?
The random rubble stonework was always intended to be rendered by ‘lime harling’ where the lime mortar mix is thrown onto the surface to make it stick better. This results in a slightly textured appearance.
WHAT ARE OUR FUTURE PLANS FOR LEVENS HALL?
Levens Hall is working with Haigh Architects to create a new Garden café and seating area, which will open at the start of the 2018 season.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our ongoing maintenance program and hope that you understand how essential it is for us to continue the upkeep of Levens Hall for future generations.
We hope you enjoy your visit,
Richard & Naomi Bagot