Company helping restore cathedral

Brendan Teasdale, MD of Team Force Restoration, with (left) James Landless, apprentice mason, and Alice Ward.
Brendan Teasdale, MD of Team Force Restoration, with (left) James Landless, apprentice mason, and Alice Ward.

A Blyth company is playing a key role in the refurbishment of a cathedral.

Team Force Restoration – a award-winning heritage restoration company – is helping replace the roof of the Thomlinson Library at Newcastle’s St Nicholas Cathedral.

At the same time, a careful masonry consolidation programme is being carried out on 250 square metres of the Cathedral’s sandstone walls.

The restoration work has been made possible by a £150,000 grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

Hundreds of huge sandstone slabs are being carefully descaled and cleaned, then repointed with lime mortar to conserve them for future generations.

Brendan Teasdale, managing director of Team Force Restoration, who spent four years restoring Seaton Delaval Hall, said: “Team Force Restoration has already restored around 50 of the North’s historic buildings and landmarks since 2012. We are delighted to be adding St Nicholas Cathedral to our distinguished register. It is our duty to care for and to restore what we have inherited and to hand it on to future generations.

“Conservation work on these beautiful old buildings slows down their decay, ensures their safety for visitors, and allows them to be seen for longer by more people.

“The library roof has now been completely replaced and the stone work is beginning to look a lot smarter. More importantly the building is now safeguarded for future years.”

Canon John Sadler, development project coordinator at St Nicholas Cathedral, said: “We are delighted with the work Team Force Restoration is carrying out on the Thomlinson Library extension of the Cathedral – and the professionalism with which they do it.

“This work is a fitting prelude to Phase Two of our development programme, which will transform the nave of the Cathedral into a light, warm and flexible space where many more activities will take place and in which we want everyone to feel comfortable and at home.”