11:00am Sunday 29th September 2013
IF an old building only truly comes alive again when its roof starts to go back on, and one of Ledbury’s landmark buildings is only a month away from that important moment.
Contractors Spellar Metcalfe are restoring the Master’s House for Herefordshire Council and workers have been carrying out joist repairs in the roof this week, ahead of the tiles going back on – a process that will start on Friday, October 4, and take 11 weeks.
By Christmas, the Master’s House should be completely re-roofed.
The company’s site manager, Ed Mandrell said: “All is going to plan and everything is coming along nicely.”
If all continues to go well, areas of the 15th-century Master’s House, part of the mediaeval St Katherine’s Hospital complex, will have a tiled roof in time for the onset of bad winter weather.
But Mr Mandrell was quick to point out that the temporary canvas roof has been protecting the building from the elements, and will continue to protect the parts that are not tiled over as winter approaches.
People will be able to hear more about the Master’s House restoration, a £2.9 million project that will provide the town with a new library, at a special presentation in St Katherine’s Hall on Saturday, November 2.
The times for this are still to be decided.
have been a number of public tours of the Master's House in recent months, but Mr Mandrell said that no more had been pencilled in.
People longing to see the extensive scaffolding come down will have to wait until next year. Mr Mandrell said the scaffolding would be required until May 2014.
The building is set to open to the public in the late summer of that year.
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