The conservation and refurbishment of the Masters House reached an exciting milestone last week when the traditional “topping out “ ceremony was held to mark the completion of the installation of the new roof, the removal of the scaffolding from around the building and the completion of the reinstatement of the timber framing.
The Masters House is not only a historically significant building being one of the few Masters Houses existing in its full form but its restoration will also herald a new future for an accessible location for the library and Customer services in Ledbury.
The next stage of the work sees the building being made fit for the modern services which will be using the facility.
The project is currently on schedule for the construction phase to be completed in November 2014 with the services being open to the public in Spring 2015.
Councillor Harry Bramer, Cabinet member for Assets and Major Contracts said “Herefordshire Council is fulfilling its responsibility for restoring this fascinating Grade Two Listed Building as well as making it a hub for council services and also a visitor attraction which will help to boost the local economy.
Steve Speller, Joint Managing Director at Speller Metcalfe: “What has been truly outstanding is the way the entire project team has taken a real ownership of this project. Around 95 per cent of our sub-contractors are from within 30 miles of site and you can really see the pride they’ve shown, both through their quality of workmanship and in the numbers that have made it here today to celebrate a pinnacle moment in the restoration of this fantastic building.”
Representatives from Butler and Hegarty Architects, Speller Metcalfe (contractors), the Friends of Masters House group and the Civic Society were also be present at the ceremony.
For more information on any of the projects which will evolve around Masters House please contact Jess Worlock, Heritage and Volunteer co-ordinator on Jessica.Worlock@herefordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01432 383158.
The project is funded by Herefordshire Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.