As part of the project, we will be replacing the main heating pipes into the house. In order to do this we will need to dig up a concrete corridor that runs behind the famous Rex Whistler mural. The work will involve drilling, coring and cutting through the concrete floor and will not only be messy and noisy, but will create varying levels of vibration in the floor and the walls nearby. To ensure that the mural will not be damanged during the work, we wanted to test the methods used by the contractors and measure the different vibration levels. The test has provided us with a lot of useful information on the type of tool we will use in that area and has helped us understand which tolerance levels we need to set and also to manage the frequency of cutting in that area.
Plas Newydd: Reservicing project
With every family home there's always a certain amount of upkeep to be expected and the same is true of Plas Newydd, just on a slightly larger scale.
Over the coming years Plas Newydd will be undergoing a large scale refit (reservicing) that will see the replacement of the majority of its mechanical services including heating, electrical, security and fire detection systems - some of which remain untouched since the 1930s.
Excitingly, Plas Newydd will not only be changing behind the scenes. It will also see changes in the visitor experience to reflect this pivotal period in its history; exploring the stories of the period and the people that changed Plas Newydd in the 1930s into the family home we see today.
What, why and how?
Mechanical services have a shorter design life span when compared to a building's structural elements such as walls and roofs. The time has now arrived for these to be replaced at Plas Newydd in order to provide a comfortable and safe environment for our visitors, staff and residents; as well as meeting conservation standards.
Caring for this special place and the collection is the primary objective of the National Trust and this re-servicing work will stand the property in good stead for the next 50 to 70 years.
Will I still be able to visit?
Quite simply… Yes, yes, yes! And you might even have a different but engaging experience too.
Although subject to change, exploratory work started in winter 2017 and will last until 2020 and has been planned in order to avoid closing the house for large periods of time, and also to give visitors a chance to see the project for themselves as it progresses, experience the house as it may have been the last time work of this magnitude was carried out in the 1930s as well as see rooms stripped bare and items from the collection not normally on display.
During this period it is planned that the house will only close completely during our winter break, from November 2018 to 15 February 2019.
However, some rooms may need to be closed periodically in the upcoming months and some of the collection will have to be moved and stored in order to facilitate lifting floorboards and replacing systems. Our aim is to keep the disruption to a minimum and also to share this once in a lifetime experience with our visitors. Join us and see the house in a whole new way for 2019.