Restoration of Grade II* Listed Jacobean Hall - Plus Award Nomination! / by AMRIT NARU

It's been so rewarding to be involved with this historic project. We're delighted to have been leading a two-year restoration project, on behalf of a private client, to transform Sockburn Hall, near Darlington, from a derelict building into a family home.

 The major restoration of Grade II* Listed Sockburn Hall is nearing completion - July 2017  

The major restoration of Grade II* Listed Sockburn Hall is nearing completion - July 2017  

Our brief was to preserve and breathe new life into this dormant 1830’s Grade II* Listed Jacobean hall, which comes with its own stretch of river and a ruined Grade I Listed chapel. This was quite a challenge!  As at 2008, increasing levels of decay saw the Hall and chapel, put on the ‘Heritage at Risk' register by English Heritage. Darlington Borough Council also added the associated coach house and stables to its local ‘at risk’ register.

 Work in progress to preserve the external skin of the building.

Work in progress to preserve the external skin of the building.

 To show the extent of the work. Before....

To show the extent of the work. Before....

 ....and after!

....and after!

 Bedroom prior to restoration

Bedroom prior to restoration

 Original oak panelling (prior to restoration) - regarded as one of the best examples of its type in the whole of the UK.

Original oak panelling (prior to restoration) - regarded as one of the best examples of its type in the whole of the UK.

 This image shows just some of the exterior damage.

This image shows just some of the exterior damage.

Working closely with Darlington Borough Council, Historic England and specialist conservation consultants, we have overseen the preservation of the external skin of the two-storey building, along with its three bays, attic spaces and shaped gables. High level repairs have also been carried out to the roof, building interior and outbuildings. A full-time specialist stone mason was employed throughout the duration of the project to restore the stone work, including window sills and chimneys. Painstaking preservation of the original oak panelling, regarded as one of the best examples of its type in the UK, is also being completed by a specialist restorer.
— Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross Architects

The historic hall, which was in danger of collapse and on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, has now been put forward for a prestigious ‘Historic England Angel Award,’ following the extensive restoration work. We'll post more photos and news about the award in due course! 

 Due to our involvement with the Sockburn Hall restoration project, we were sent this fascinating photo from a gentleman in Australia. He was delighted to hear about the restoration of the hall as his great-grandfather was the gamekeeper for the Sockburn Estate in the early 1900’s!

Due to our involvement with the Sockburn Hall restoration project, we were sent this fascinating photo from a gentleman in Australia. He was delighted to hear about the restoration of the hall as his great-grandfather was the gamekeeper for the Sockburn Estate in the early 1900’s!