In order to tell the fascinating story of the people who sought refuge in Beverley Minster, we need to make safe the 13th century lesser south transept roof above the sanctuary area.
The five-year survey in 2015 identified this part of the Minster structure as being a priority for repair and restoration. Serious decay caused by the leaking roof, due to the life-expired lead work, has created water-logged timbers and fungal decay. Sixty leaks were discovered during the survey which reported, “an urgent programme of recovering the high level roof is now a priority for the Minster since the medieval roof timbers are now being put at serious risk”.
The project will
- renew the lead roof coverings of the south lesser transept
- adjust gutters to meet current standards
- repair the timber roof structure
- repair the eroded stonework
All work planned will
- reduce negative environmental impacts such as by using natural materials from sustainable sources
- manage site waste
- use traditional building materials
- recycle the lead which will be re-cast
- use low energy lighting