Buttress are Cathedral Architects to Southwell Minster, managing conservation and repairs to the 12th Century Church which is the county church of Nottinghamshire.
Originally the site of a large Roman villa, in 956 the land was given to the Archbishop of York and a church was built. Construction on the present cathedral began in the early 12th century and towards the latter half of the century, the striking twin towers at the front of the building were built.
In 1711, a serious fire destroyed the main roof and caused damage to the stonework. Following this incident, the cathedral was extensively repaired and its present-day appearance owes much to a major restoration project undertaken by architect, Ewan Christian and completed in 1884. Today, the building is an excellent example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
Current restoration includes the re-roofing of the south choir aisle roof, funded by a First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund.
The roof, which is currently formed from slate, will be entirely replaced with lead to prevent the series of leaks the building has experienced in recent years. Some re-profiling of the parapet gutters and repairs to the roof timbers will also be carried out.
We are also working with the Cathedral on a Heritage Lottery Fund application to develop interpretation zones within the building, telling the story of the building’s rich history.