There is a surprisingly limited amount of asbestos within the stables. Specialist contractors have been removing the asbestos paneling in the old tack room to make way for the new toilets. It must be removed carefully for the safety of all involved.
Belton's Stables Project
The team at Belton House has started a year-long project to conserve and rejuvenate the 17th century stables which housed 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's 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'll also be opportunities for hands-on practical experience in 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.
03 Sep 18
30 Aug 18
Installation of flitch plates complete
It takes a day to complete the installation of the flitch plates in each beam. Six beams have now been completed with a further seven to go. Each beam has the additional support of steel plates to provide extra strength to the floors.
22 Aug 18
The flitch plates arrive
After weeks of work preparing templates to strengthen the oak beams, the steel flitch plates have arrived and are ready for fitting. They will fit into the grooves that have been created in the middle of the beams.