Heritage Open Days Celebrate England and Clancy’s Fantastic History

Article posted on: 8th September 2016

Heritage Open Days will allow you to see hidden places and try out new experiences from the 8-11th September this year. This years celebrations will involve a number of Clancy’s projects both old and new.

Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival. There are 5,000 events organised for the 8-11th September 2016 by some 40,000 volunteers, to celebrate England’s history, architecture and culture.

Earlham Hall in Norwich, a Grade II* listed building, is one of the venues taking part this year. Clancy Consulting provided civil and structural engineering services from preliminary investigation through to completion of the refurbishment project that started here in 2010. The refurbishment was needed to make Earlham Hall functional and bring it in line with 21st century standards. The building is now occupied by the University of East Anglia’s Law School.

The historic building, deemed to be of national and social significance, had fallen into considerable disrepair and posted major difficulties for conservationists. The work took considerable time to complete with the requirements for Listed Building Consent and significant challenges along the way. For example, upon removal of the panelling the brick and flint masonry was found to be crumbling to an extent where emergency propping was  needed. Read more about our work on this project.

Tours of the 16th century Earlham Hall will take place throughout Sunday 11th September and pre-booking is required.

Clancy Consulting also provided building services support at Nottingham Playhouse, where the Mela festival will be hosted on Friday 9th September also part of Heritage Open Days. The festival that celebrates South Asian Arts and Culture launches with an opening ceremony at the Nottingham Playhouse.

An older project example of Clancy’s also participating in the heritage festival is the Royal George, Knutsford. Formally the George and Dragon, a lively and important coaching inn, became famous following a visit from Queen Victoria and subsequently became the Royal George in 1832. There will be various events taking place at the Royal George building, a venue demonstrating both England and Clancy’s heritage.

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