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The repair and conservation of Capel Peniel, Tremadog
The roof of Capel Peniel, a Grade I listed chapel in Tremadog, north-west Wales, had succumbed to leakages and falling masonry for the best part of a decade following its closure in 2010. The chapel’s exterior fabric had badly deteriorated and was subsequently placed on the local authority’s buildings at risk register. The roof had to be repaired in its entirety, which was carried out alongside specialist local contractors, featured like-for-like repairs, random diminishing Ffestiniog slate courses, brand-new cut slate copings along the front gable end, repair and replacement of structural timber members and replacement of cast-iron rainwater goods. This paper seeks to explain the thinking behind the steps taken to make the chapel weathertight while preserving and sympathetically altering historic details that give its unique character. It examines the identification and assessment of problems with the original historic detailing and some more recent interventions, which were the root cause of the roof’s demise, before executing concepts that could be perceived as pushing the boundaries of conservation practices.
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Gethin Roberts BA (Hons), MArch, ADDPA, RIBA, ARB is an architect in the Conwy branch of Donald Insall Associates, an award-winning architectural practice and historic buildings consultancy, specialising in the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as designing new buildings for sensitive sites. For over 60 years, they have pioneered a creative approach to conservation, centred on the belief that change is continuous and buildings are, in effect, ‘alive’. Gethin has led several prestigious projects ranging from contemporary installations to scheduled monuments in World Heritage Sites, extensions and alterations to listed residential properties, small community-led projects and places of worship, including the repair of Capel Peniel, a Grade I listed chapel in north-west Wales. Gethin has also given talks on traditional slate roofing, pegged slate roofing and, recently, a presentation on the repair of Peniel in the SPAB Autumn Lecture Series.
CitationRoberts, Gethin (2021, June 1). The repair and conservation of Capel Peniel, Tremadog. In the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, Volume 10, Issue 1.