FWA Conservation is delighted to have been appointed as restoration contractor for Grade I listed Finchingfield Guildhall in Essex. The Guildhall dates from the 15th century and has been owned and used by the village since around 1630, initially as school rooms and Almshouses and more recently as a museum and library. FWA has been tasked with removing damaging repairs made in the 1950s and restoring the Guildhall, whilst allowing the village continued access.
Works will include:
- Cement render, concrete floors and modern partitions to be stripped out
- Roof tiles will be removed, saving as many as possible for re-use
- Repairs will be made to the oak frame and roof timbers
- The walls will be coated with lime render, repairs made to the original wattle and daub, internal floors replaced with limecrete and brick
- Insulation, heating, kitchen and WC facilities will be installed
- A greatly improved internal layout will make the best possible use of space