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.