John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry
UK Bell Foundries
£500K - Phase 1 (Phase 2 - £TBC)
The foundry operates from two large Grade II* listed buildings and they have been on the Historic England Risk Register since 2010. Areas that require particular attention include the roofs and drainage goods. The condition of the complex roofs are impacting upon the integrity of the buildings and their important contents which includes a wealth of unique manufacturing equipment and archives. Some of the roofs are constructed using traditional timber techniques while other are fire-proof roofs; constructed from cast iron, slate and other non combustible materials.
The project comprises two phases. A Historic England Grant has allowed urgent repair works of Phase one which address specific workshop and office areas, external masonry repairs, specialist lining of unique cast iron internal/parapet gutters and improvements to associated drainage. Phase two of the project is the preparation of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant application to secure enough funds to undertake a comprehensive restoration of the buildings and improve public access, visitor capacity, museum archive and manufactoring facilities.
The first phase started on site in May 2016, due for completion in March 2017.