Simpson & Brown worked with the Living North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to complete work at five individual sites, across the North Pennines, in three phases. First was the recording and consolidation of three historic structures, identified on the Buildings at Risk Register: Shildon Engine House; Muggleswick Grange and Ninebanks Tower. Secondly, the reconstruction of Rickergill Bridge, a ruined masonry pack-horse bridge, located on the Pennine Way. The last phase included the consolidation of a series of structures and footpaths at Whiteskyes and Bentyfield Mine, a historic mining site registered as a scheduled monument and, in part, as a site of special scientific interest.
The structures were carefully recorded, with additional archaeological investigation at a number of sites. ‘Lime Taster’ days were provided by the contractors, to encourage and engage the local community. Addyman Archaeology also provided community archaeology days, revealing and providing additional information on the historic structure at Muggleswick Grange and investigating an additional smaller Engine House at Shildon.
Careful consolidation works were carried out to each of the scheduled monuments. Minimal interventions were incorporated to ensure the building was safe and secure for public access and the future. We worked with our client to ensure the requirements of the funders were met at all stages; which included English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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