USL is pleased to have worked with the National Trust at Netley House to carry out vital repairs and restoration to the front facade. The house stands as a typical 18th-century gentleman’s estate nestling into the North Downs known as Netley Park. As conservation and repair specialists, USL undertook the front portico restoration as well as other vital works.
Initial survey work carried out established the locations of embedded metalwork ahead of colour matched render repair and re-roofing. The final task was to improve the existing drainage system to help protect this Grade II Listed structure. The building encompasses three storey centre blocks with two storey wings over basement and red brick with stucco clad.
Restoration and repairs works included;
- Stripping back of existed decayed materials on the Portico and decking.
- Wall flashing and guttering were in poor condition, requiring renewal of leadwork, guttering as well as restoration to render and reforming architrave.
- Repairs to damaged render including architraves. New downpipes.
- New leadwork against wall of the main building and thresholds to opening with re-securing existing masonry and repointing all joints.
- Stone repairs to face of parapet including coping stones.
- Works to metal balustrade including repairs and redecoration.
- Careful restoration to main elevation wall to remove decayed render and make good.
- Extensive restoration works to cornice and column capitals. Works included the careful removal of rusted iron flats.
- Restoration to main house walls including entrance, pilasters, east and west elevations, repairing cracks and repointing.
- Drainage repairs including replacing damage sections.