The last part of the mansion roof structure has been completed. This marks the end of many phases of work. We remain very grateful to the Country Houses Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and several anonymous private individuals. This work included the construction of the attic floors that stabilise the tops of the walls. We are very aware that visitors cannot see all this work close up. Nor can they see the spectacular views from the second floor window openings. However, a staircase could be installed to gain access once we have constructed a glazed roof over the light well in the wing - as this will protect such a stair from the elements. The glazed roof will not be seen from outside.
Numerous windows have been installed. These have all been funded by private individuals. These windows have understandably made a great difference to the rooms. The first of the second floor windows have also been installed on the garden front under the pediment - see picture top right. We are now seeking funding for two more second floor windows for the garden front of the wing.
As Denys reports, we have received £30,000 from the Foyle Foundation towards the upgrading of the two Education Rooms on the ground floor of the Wing. These funds will be used to provide windows, heating, insulation and a number of architectural improvements that will, collectively, provide a much better environment for teaching. We much appreciate this kind and generous gesture from the Foyle Foundation. There has now been, at last, movement on the stone staircase, as the quarry has now located a block from which the next landing stone can be cut. The new stone obviously has to match the stone that has already been installed. I hope this project can now proceed without delay.
The Parlour, on the ground floor, is now in use and is the last room to be made available on the ground floor. Some of the items that were stored in this room have been accommodated in the new storage room and workshop in what we had called the Gallery. This accommodation is behind the northern forecourt screen wall within what would have been luggage rooms.
Progress report March 2015
Progress report September 2014
Progress report March 2014
Progress report September 2013
Progress report March 2013
Progress report September 2012
Progress report June 2012
Progress report September 2011