Case Study – Wakelyn Old Hall

Hilton, Derbyshire


A traditional timber framed Grade II listed building built circa early 17th century and more recently repaired and restored in 2006. Our client, a private owner, purchased the property at auction and we were commissioned to carry out an initial structural appraisal of the building and recommend suitable repairs. At this time the property was on the Local Authorities “at risk register” due to its precarious condition. After painstaking survey work and careful exploration the building was delicately repaired with emphasis on maintaining its historic character.

The restoration of this property was televised for “Homes Under The Hammer”


  • Carry out a Structural Survey
  • Undertake a measured survey of the roof and floor structures
  • Prepare structural designs, drawings, details and specifications for the repairs
  • Obtain Listed Buildings Consents from the Local Authority
  • Tender the project to specialists in the repair of historic timber frames
  • Project Management
  • Attend regular site meeting


  • Careful exposure of the buildings structure and record by photograph and sketches
  • Measured survey of the building to produce structural drawings on CAD
  • Detailed design of traditional concrete underpinning
  • Discreet strengthening of floors
  • Sympathetic repair of timber framed gable
  • Structural scaffolding
  • Spliced repair to timber Bessemer beams
  • Repair and replacement of timber infill panels
  • Rebuilding and repair to masonry chimneys
  • Monthly valuations
  • Source local craftsman
  • Regular meetings with Conservation Officer