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In February 2016, Woofenden Construction won a contract to repair the historic ceilings of Grade I listed Dorset property, Kingston Maurward House. 

More than £130,000 of damage had been caused when a broken pipe in the roof of the prestigious property, which is just outside Dorchester, flooded through the three storey building. Gallons of water poured through the three floors for around an hour before it was shut off.

Richard Ireland, the UK’s leading historic plaster and paint expert, was called in to assess the damage by Kingston Maurward’s insurance company. He said quick thinking staff took action to limit the worst of the damage, mopping floors, lifting carpets and working to dry out the damaged areas as quickly as possible.

We then used our experience of historic building repairs to work on the property in consultation with Mr Ireland, also receiving additional training and guidance from him.

Our project manager, says:

‘The main focus of the conservation work was on the entrance hall and the building’s Pengelly Room. Our team has had to work on the tiniest detail, filling in cracks in the ceiling which are as small as one millimetre and preparing the surface for a specialist artist who will hand paint the ceiling and restore it to its former ornate finish. The Pengelly Room is particularly special because of its richly painted and gilded plasterwork.’

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