The beams supporting the first floor need some assistance to carry the extra weight exerted on them by the offices and learning suite. Structural engineers have created a design that utilises a flitch plate hidden within the historic beam. A small channel is cut through the beam from above, a wooden former is made, and holes are drilled through the beam into the former. This will act as a template for the specialist fabrication of the metal flitch plates.
Belton's Stables Project
The team at Belton House have started a year-long project to conserve and rejuvenate the seventeenth century stables and coach building which houses the restaurant. The top two floors of the Grade 1 listed building are in need of extensive repair and the catering facilities will also receive a significant upgrade.
There’s much evidence to show that new technology and the best quality fittings were used in the design of the stables, and it is these elements that make it such a significant space. Indeed, the building is one of only 21 stables in the country with Grade 1 status. The conservation work will therefore require the use of traditional materials and specialist building skills in order to respect the original construction techniques and interior design.
For the duration of the project, visitors will have the chance to keep up to date with what’s going on through regular tool box talks and heritage skills days. There will also be opportunities for hands-on practical experience in the use of traditional building skills.
Although the stables restaurant will be closed for the year as a result of the building works, alternative on-site catering facilities will be provided in the temporary Pavilion Café, located on the front lawn.
21 Jun 18
Preparing for the flitch plates
18 Jun 18
Opening up old doorways
This doorway has been blocked up for the last 40 years, splitting the upper floor into two halves. By opening it up, it once again unites the building and provides access to the whole of the first floor.
14 Jun 18
Works start on the new Dog Café
Work has started on the drainage for the servery of Belton’s dog-friendly café. Contractors have removed a modern five bar gate that once crossed the front, to make way for the new servery.