The decay to the 1690’s timber belfry and corrosion of key twentieth century steel beams put the Tower at serious risk. The project was very challenging due to the restricted working area in the belfry, made worse by the temporary props to support over 16 tonnes of structure.
Extensive timber repairs with scarfing-in of new timbers and new oak wall plates plus new steelwork was undertaken, also the re-leading of the dome and new lead commemorative rainwater hoppers and downpipes. The Golden Barque weathervane was gilded and the clock face decorated. Tours of the site work for members of the congregation, community and Chapter members.
Shortlisted for an RICS award 2017 and featured in Church Building and Heritage Review July/August 2017, Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral yearbook 2016, Friends of Old Portsmouth 2016.
The Dean and Chapter of Portsmouth Cathedral
Jonty M Sexton