Tudor Coffee House

This Tudor town house is a jettied, timber framed Grade I listed building in the centre of Taunton and was the first home of the Portman family. LCA were appointed as architect and lead consultants for the repair and refurbishment of the rear part of the building, known as The Hangman's Bar, which has variously been a dwelling, a pub and most recently a coffee house, with parts of this history left within the standing structures. The not so recent modern asbestos roof was removed to reveal the remains of the cruck frames, and opening-up works revealed further areas of deterioration leading to the need for significant in-situ repair of the roof structure and its recovering.

Elsewhere traditional repair methods were used, along with modern materials, to protect the building from further deterioration, to provide insulation and to maintain valuable building fabric. The new roof was able to be insulated to current building regulation standards using high performance slimline insulation whilst retaining the original lathe and plaster ceilings.

LCA worked closely with the local authority conservation officer, English Heritage, structural engineers and specialist contractors to coordinate the undertaking of these sensitive works.