Midland Conservation Ltd was engaged by the Cathedral to commence Phase II of the Inspires project which involved the following:
replacement of the blind parapet stonework including highly decorative
pinnacles together with carved heads, crockets and finials.
- Structural support
and restoration of the flying buttresses.
- Replacement of
sections of the corbel table together with the associated carved heads.
- Delicate conservation repairs to the retained medieval Choir Clerestory carvings and mouldings
Midland Conservation also undertook Phase III of the Inspires scheme. This phase of works concentrated on the Lady Chapel at the East end of the Cathedral and ran for 70 weeks with a value just short of £1 million.
The works comprised extensive conservation repairs to parapets, pinnacles and buttresses, but more importantly focused on what is truly an historical gem within the treasures of this magnificent Cathedral, The Herkenrode Glass. The glass was carefully removed and sent to a specialist’s studio for restoration. Once removed we carried out masonry replacement and repairs to the windows mullions and tracery, and a modern Isothermal glass was fitted to the openings.
Throughout the contract the Cathedral organised "have a go days" where the public tried their hand at the traditional craft of stonemasonry and viewed up close the skill of the masons on site.