A step closer to saving Wellington Monument

Abseilers surveying Wellington Monument

From abandoned bouts of building, lightning strikes and failed repairs, Wellington Monument has suffered a troubled history.

We are committed to the Monument and want to secure its future. We will eventually have to launch a fundraising campaign as well as reapplying for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other grant giving bodies.
A permanent solution to the deterioration of Wellington Monument would need around £3.8 million to be raised.
Detailed survey work has allowed us to reveal what is needed for our preferred repair option.

Monitoring the Monument

We appointed an architect and design team to help us find an effective way to repair the Monument. The first thing they did was bring in the specialists needed to fully understand the reasons for deterioration. 
The outside of the monument was studied using a 54 metre mobile elevating platform and detailed drawings made. 
A Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) survey was carried out by abseiling down the building.
Wind anemometers were fitted to the monument to reveal how the obelisk moves in the wind.

What did the experts discover?

The data confirmed that the various phases of the original building are of different quality. The top third of the obelisk is in the worst condition. The curtain wall that runs around the bottom of the Monument is also in a poor state of repair.
The GPR survey showed that there are voids beneath facing stones caused by water getting in through the pointing. And it is especially problematic in poorer quality upper section. 
We can see where past repairs have failed and mapped where stresses are affecting the stones.
We were surprised to find the lichen on the limestone was actually helping to protect the stones.
All this information has allowed the design team to present us with really detailed repair options. 
Our preferred solution is full repair of the Monument. We are confident this will result in securing its long-term future. and reduce the need for further large scale expenditure in the foreseeable future.