Stockwell Arms

client: Mr Robert Morgan
engineer: Jag Manku
status: Completed
value: Circa £1.0 million
role: Structural Engineers
procurement: Design & Build
duration: 2 years

The Stockwell Arms is a grade II listed public house originally constructed in the late 15th century. The building is a timber framed structure with Cross wing to the north end, and has features such as fluted ceiling beams and a ‘Dragon Tail’ beam.

The building was purchased by Mr Robert Morgan in September 2009, and planning application submitted to restore the timber framed structure. The extent of decay to the timber frame structure was found to be significant, and involved replacement of several of the principal timber members. Further decay found to the structure required traditional splice repairs to be carried out, taking care not to affect the historic fabric of the building. These were specifically concentrated in the roof valley areas, where a lack of maintenance of the valley gutters resulted in significant decay of principal timber wall plates and posts, which required replacement in part or full depending on the extent of decay present.

The client’s vision was to restore the building to its former glory, and emphasise the significant historic features of the timber framed building. This involved removal of the first floor ceilings to reveal the crown post roof structure, and uncovering the concealed fluted beams to the first floor structure. The central first floor bay was removed to create a dramatic entrance to the pub and reveal the full height open roof structure.

One of the three brick stacks had to be carefully taken down to the existing roof level, and re-built using the original bricks with new bricks mixed in, all constructed in a lime mortar to match the existing brick stack.

A new steel framed extension was added to the rear of the property, to provide additional dining space within the pub.