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Linford-Bridgeman adapts Grade I Derbyshire mansion for climate change

Posted: Monday 3rd August 2009

Restoration contractor Linford-Bridgeman has completed a project to help Derbyshire's historic Calke Abbey adapt to the very modern demands of climate change.

The Baroque mansion, which is owned and managed by the National Trust, suffered internal damage when its 18th century rainwater and drainage systems were overwhelmed by the torrential summer rains in 2007.

With heavier and more intense periods of rainfall forecast for the future as part of the overall pattern of climate change, the National Trust commissioned work to ensure the long-term conservation of this Grade I listed building.

The work centred on the creation of a new layout for the roof at Calke, as well as the installation of a new sump and downpipe. Alongside this, Linford craftsmen have carried out essential repairs to stonework and plaster cornices.

Linford-Bridgeman managing director Stuart Carter said: "Calke Abbey is a great example of the challenges that face anyone concerned with the long-term conservation of historic buildings at the moment.

"While traditionally the emphasis has been on preservation wherever possible, factors such as climate change mean that conservation is increasingly being viewed as the management of change.

"By making these changes to the roof and rainwater goods, we are making changes today which should help ensure the future of this magnificent building for centuries to come."

This is Linford-Bridgeman's second set of works at Calke Abbey. When Calke came into the ownership of the National Trust in 1982, the company carried out the essential repairs required to bring the building into public use.

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