Nathan Buckell

Project Building Surveyor, Clandon Park

Nathan Buckell - Project Building Surveyor

As our Project Building Surveyor Nathan had overall responsibility for the clearance of the house, and has been involved since the morning after the fire.

Contractors removing debris from Clandon Park
I’ve worked for the National Trust for more than eight years coming to the organisation from the commercial world. Prior to the fire at Clandon Park I was responsible for the day to day maintenance of a number of local properties, undertaking various small and medium sized projects. 
I’d only been at Clandon since August 2014 so was still learning a lot, but I’d had the privilege of experiencing it both as a visitor and from behind the scenes. Although I was only involved with the pre-fire Clandon Park for a relatively short amount of time I have many good memories. Numerous visits gave me a good sense of this wonderful building and it was quite shocking in the aftermath of the fire to see the devastation and how unrecognisable some areas of the house had become.
I wasn’t at Clandon on the night of the fire. I arrived early the following morning; a fresh body to take over from those who’d been working through the night. Since that morning Clandon has been almost my entire working life – and perhaps a bit more besides.
" Since that morning Clandon has been almost my entire working life – and perhaps a bit more besides."
- Nathan Buckell

Much has changed since April 2015 and I’m now the Project Building Surveyor, a role I held throughout the  salvage phase of the project. I was responsible for the safe clearance of the site, while minimising any further damage or deterioration to the structure and collection.
My biggest challenge remains that first morning and simply trying to work out – 'what next?'  The house was still smoking, Surrey Fire and Rescue were damping down the smouldering timbers and there was a realisation that this was going to be the start of a very long journey.
So much has happened since that morning but one of the most momentous for me took place at 6am on a cold, dark December morning. I watched the final roof beam go on to complete our temporary scaffold roof, completing four months of work. Now I’m excited that the house is finally clear and ready for the next phase of the project.
If someone was to ask me ‘Is Clandon worth the hard work, time, effort, energy and manpower?’ my answer would be simple - definitely.

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