The three slates giving access to the Stables roof space for bats have been installed. This completes the work on the bat loft and means that the Stables are once more open to Belton’s bats.
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.
10 Apr 19
Bat friendly stables
08 Apr 19
Biomass installation underway
The connection of the biomass plant has begun with the digging of a trench to the north of the Stables. The system will provide hot water and heating to the building when it reopens this summer.
03 Apr 19
Installing underfloor heating
The installation of underfloor heating on the ground floor is underway. The picture shows a group of stalls where the pipework, running through 50mm insulation panels, has been set in place on a plywood base laid onto a timber framework. This will then be covered with thermal board before the oak floor is laid.