Plas Newydd: Reservicing project

Project
An old photo showing scaffolding outside Plas Newydd in the 1930s

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, and other essential systems - many of which were first installed during 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?

Although subject to change, exploratory work began during winter 2017 will last until 2020. It has been planned in order to avoid closing the house for large periods of time. It is also to provide visitors to the house with an opportunity to see the project as it progresses; to experience the house as it may have been the last time work of this magnitude was carried out during the 1930s and to see some rooms stripped bare and used for the storage of items not usually on display.

During this period it is planned that the house will only close completely during our winter break from 3 November 2019 until 29 February 2020. 

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.

Latest updates

11 Jul 19

Installation week for Behind the Stage

The House and Collections team are moving many items and preparing rooms in readiness for the brand new experience inside the house starting on Saturday 20 July 2019, Behind the Stage. We've also had a team of contractors hard at work outside. They're building the new entrance porches into the experience.

New entrance porch at Plas Newydd.

06 Jun 19

Cleaning and packing away the Whistler backdrop

It may seem quiet around the house at the moment, but there's always a lot going on behind the scenes as we continue to prepare and move items in some of the closed rooms for the contractors to work. The House and Collections team were recently joined by an expert paintings conservator, Annabelle, to help clean and store a large theatre backdrop painted by the artist Rex Whistler in the 1930s. This painting is now safely packed away until after the works are complete. You can still see the Rex Whistler mural in the dining room at Plas Newydd until the house closes for winter on 3 November 2019.

The house and collections team getting ready to move the Rex Whistler painting.

01 May 19

Under the floorboards.

Over the Easter period, the team of specialist contractors carried out ‘opening up’ works, mainly in the bathroom and landing area upstairs. If you visited us during the last few weeks, you would have seen a sped up film of the team putting up a specialist tent in order to carry out asbestos investigation in a safe and controlled environment. This essential work will now provide the contractors with accurate information on what type of asbestos is on site, which areas under the floorboards the asbestos can be found and to what degree and how much room there is for new pipework. Our upstairs rooms are now open again as we prepare for the next stage of the process. Thank you to all our visitors who came along over Easter, the team were really pleased to have so many positive reactions and great questions about the project. #PlacesMatter

A contractor in full suit and mask working in the asbestos decontamination tent at Plas Newydd.