New roof planned for historic Walton Hall

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PLANS to refurbish the roof of Warrington’s historic Walton Hall are to be put to the borough council’s development management committee on Thursday.

The work is considered necessary to protect the fabric of the Grade 2 Listed building from water damage.

Work will also be carried out to repair or replace the building’s rainwater goods.

Walton Hall was built in the mid-19th century and was originally the stately home of the Greenall’s brewery family. But it was acquired by the borough council in 1941.

A report to be presented to the committee states that where possible existing roof slates will be re-used.

Where existing slates have been damaged they will be replaced by matching, new Burlington Welsh slates. But existing slates will be used where they are visible to the public.
It is thought that about 50 per cent of the existing slates will be reusable.

Although improved energy efficiency is not a material consideration, there will be some benefits. It is thought the existing roof either has no felt beneath the slates or has a non=breathable felt fitted when repairs were carried out some 50 years ago.

A new breathable membrane will be fitted which will bring an improvement in terms of thermal performance. This will not have any impact on the appearance of the building.
There have been no objections to the proposals and officers are recommending they be approved.

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