THE BIGGEST restoration project in Coughton Court’s history is about to get under way.
The £3.3million restoration project will see major work carried out to the roof of the National Trust property near Alcester.
The work is part of a four-phased wider project that will not only see key sections of the roof restored over the next two years but also other repairs and improvements across the historic home.
Through the Roof is Coughton’s most ambitious conservation project to date and will see internal and external repairs made to the roof to rectify years of deterioration and prevent flooding within the building and damage to the historic collection.
Historic materials including roof tiles will be re-used and conserved by specialist workers wherever possible. Work will also be carried out by specialist contractors including conservation stonemasons and glaziers to the external fabric of the building, restoring the façade to its former glory.
This conservation project is the biggest investment the National Trust has ever made at Coughton Court and is being funded by the charity’s members, supporters and donors, with grant funding donated by The Wolfson Foundation.
Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be part of the project to restore and renovate Coughton Court as part of our long-standing partnership with the National Trust.
The works taking place will ensure visitors can explore the stories and significance of this place for years to come.”
The house will still be accessible to visitors during its annual opening season while the work takes place.