The decorative stone work to the existing pinnacle had suffered some decay, however, its condition was not poor enough to consider replacement necessary. A 3D scan was commissioned of the existing stonework to capture the form of the decorative stonework at that point in time. A programme of sensitive mortar repairs was carried out on the existing stonework.
Wells Cathedral - North Quire Aisle Parapets
The parapet masonry of the North Quire Aisle had been identified in the 2013 Quinquennial Inspection as an area of concern. There were signs of notable decay of individual stones, vegetation growth, and many open joints and displaced masonry. Nick Cox Architects were instructed to compile the tender documentation and act as Contract Administrators for the project. The project involved the careful stone repair of existing parapet stones, localised areas of stone replacement, a programme of cleaning and renewal of rainwater goods.
Access to the North Quire Aisle Parapets is particularly tricky as the area lies above an existing building with no direct access from ground level . Works had to be carefully managed to overcome limited access issues whilst ensuring protection to adjacent windows which lie over the public areas directly below.
The project has rectified a significant area of defective fabric securing its future as well as providing improved rainwater drainage and archaeological insight. It is clear on comparison of the before and after photos of the marked improvement of this area of the Cathedral.