Earlham Hall, University of East Anglia – Law School

Earlham Hall is a Grade II* listed building with the earliest part dating back to the 16th Century, it stands in parkland to the west of Norwich.

Deemed to be of national and social significance as a historic building that had fallen into considerable disrepair it posted major difficulties for conservationists and was therefore in need of a major refurbishment to make it functional and bring it in line with 21st century standards.

Clancy Consulting were appointed for Civil and Structural Engineering Services from preliminary investigation through to completion.

Work started at Earlham Hall in the summer of 2010 when we were called to inspect a bulge in the internal oak panelling to one of the main south elevation brick piers. Upon removal of the panelling the brick and flint masonry was found to be crumbling to an extent where emergency propping was installed immediately and the building evacuated. This led to a thorough investigation of the existing structure, which found significant problems throughout the main range.

The work took considerable time to complete with the requirements for Listed Building Consent and significant challenges along the way. Work included replacing rotten timber beam ends using resin replacement techniques and carbon fibre strips were used to strengthen a severely weakened beam within the structure.

Clancy worked with Bath University to test the strength of lime mortar used on the project to enable the earliest possible loading of reconstructed masonry, which supported the main roof.

Earlier this year, Earlham Hall was shortlisted for an RICS East of England award, in the Building Conservation category. Earlham Hall received the Constructing Excellence Award for Heritage in April 2015. In October 2015 it also won the Best Conservation Project at the Norwich Society Design Awards.

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