Client: St Martin's Church, Herne
Completed: Dec 2018
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 32 Weeks
Architect: Rena Pitsilli-Graham
What we did...
  • Conservation & Restoration
  • Stone Cleaning
  • Stone Masonry Restoration
  • Specialist Services
  • Internal Restoration

USL were pleased to be appointed as Principal Contractor for the essential stone restoration and external fabric repairs to this Risk Register ancient parish church in Herne, Kent.  St Martin’s is a largely early 14th century church of historical and architectural importance; unfortunately it was heavily restored in the later 19th century.  Much external masonry was renewed, but despite this, there is still much fine 14th and some 15th century masonry surviving.

As main contactor, USL undertook stone masonry, glazing, and drainage works, which involved extensive stone conservation, working in Rag stone, Caen stone, Thanet stone and Septaria.

The project programme included:

  • Undertaking cleaning and repairs to the masonry of the tower elevations including repairs to the ringing chamber openings, the lead covering of the stringcourse, slot windows and the stone arch to the west door of the nave.
  • Re-bedding the tower door steps to a lower foundation base.
  • Undertaking pointing and repairs to the masonry of the west gables.
  • Overhaul existing toilet facilities with permanent connection to underground drainage, which means St Martin’s would have its first flushing toilet.
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“The award of a second substantial grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund is fantastic news for us and all those we serve because it means we can focus on them and their needs more confidently from a building that is becoming increasingly more welcoming, hospitable and sustainable. SO A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO NATIONAL LOTTERY PLAYERS and to the HLF Grant decision makers.”  

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