29 September, 2021
Presented by the Maldon District Conservation & Design Award Scheme, USL is pleased to accept the award for ‘Building Conservation Winner’ for restoration works at Creeksea Place in Burnham-on-Crouch, a grade II* listed building and one of the most important Elizabethan houses in this part of Essex.
The judges were extremely impressed by the sheer extent of this major repair and conservation project. Creeksea Place is an exceptionally important building for the locality and the judges agreed that every encouragement should be given towards putting the building back into full use.
One judge noted that ‘the quality of the workmanship on display is beyond belief.’
Built in the late 1560s for Arthur Harris, it was partially demolished in the 18th century, and then restored and extended in the early-20th century. Following use in WWII by the army, the house suffered long periods of neglect and was added to the Register of Heritage at Risk in 1993. Props had been installed to prevent parts of the roof and floor structure from collapsing, rendering much of the interior unusable.
Universal Stone was appointed as Principal Contractor to carry out and oversee all extensive restoration works including; repairs and restoration to leaded light windows, major structural repairs to internal flooring (enabling the removal of propping which had been in place for almost 30 years), conservation of lime hair plaster and original wattle and daub, oak paneling restoration, strengthening of the original timber roof structure, re-roofing (reclaimed and new roof tiles), brickwork repairs, specialist moulded bricks, new leadwork, renewed rainwater goods and new cast iron guttering, hoppers and pipes.
Creeksea Place Manor House now has a renewed lease of life, thanks to funding by Historic England and the collaboration of parties involved to accomplish a wonderful restoration based on traditional building skills and sympathetic methods.