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Restoration of Grade 1 listed Newark Town Hall

Submitted on 06 March 2017 by Helen Crossland

Newark Town Hall is to undergo a £600,000 external restoration programme.  Scaffolding is being erected next week to enable specialist craftsmen to access the façade of the landmark Grade 1 listed building, which was originally built in 1774.

A sympathetic and sensitive programme of repairs will be carried out on the masonry, roofs and windows of the elevations overlooking the Market Place, as well as more general maintenance repairs to protect the building for many years to come.  Two highly experienced contractors, Skillington Stonemasons of Grantham and Stamford based Messenger Construction, have been appointed to carry out the work.

The project is being overseen by historic building consultants Powell Williams, experts in heritage building conservation.  Commissioned in 2015 to assess the state of the building by M&M Asset Managements, Powell Williams brought in additional expertise from Skillingtons to help produce a repair strategy for the masonry which has succumbed over the last 243 years to the effects of the British Weather.

The Leader of Newark Town Council, Councillor David Lloyd said "The Town Council is delighted that this work is going ahead.  The Town Hall is the most prestigious building in Newark and it is imperative that it is properly maintained and preserved for future generations to admire.  There will be some disruption to the Town Hall and the users of the Market Place whilst the work is undertaken, but we have been given re-assurance that such impacts will be kept to an absolute minimum.

I am pleased that the contractors appreciate how important it is to keep the Town Hall and the Buttermarket open for business during the project and the Town Council looks forward to working with them to deliver these much needed renovations."