Woburn Abbey is located in Woburn, Bedfordshire, and is a country house of the duke of Bedford. The building has been in a refurbishing state since it was first opened to the public and we are proud to be a big part of its structural repairs process.
Woburn Abbey History
Originally, Woburn Abbey was given by Edward VI to the Russel family in 1547. Since then, a group of leading architects such as Henry Flitcroft, Henry Holland and Sir Jeffry Wyatville, have develop the house into the historic landmark it is today.
Beaming with rich history, today Wobrun Abbey is managed by the Duke and Duchess of Bedford who are both making their own impact on this fascinating patrimonial build. Over the past few years, the Abbey has undergone extensive amount of restoration to areas such as its gardens which have been designed to recreate Humphry Repton’s original design from over 200 years ago.
The Woburn Abbey had an abundance of rotten timbers where oak beams had been attacked by deathwatch beetle, which are known for inhabiting dead wood.
This was, of course, in dire need of restoration given that rotten timber significantly affects the integrity of a building and holds the potential to cause structural damage which may eventually become a health hazard.
Brought on as industry specialists, we identified the repairs which were necessary in order to bring this fabulous house back to health. Firstly, we carried cut out and removed the wood which was damaged and in dire need of replacement. We then proceeded to install steel reinforcing bars and shuttered the area before pouring structural timber repair resin on it – an extremely powerful resin used to repair damaged wood. We rebuilt the beam to the same dimensions as the original beam’s size meaning it now stands as an exact replica of what was there before, yet now it stands with great structural integrity.