Westminster Hall Leadwork

Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate, known for not only its scale and the spectacular roof, but its central role in British history. Heavily involved in the country's actions since the 11th century, the Hall's past is seen as a journey through 900 years of our history.

The hall was built in 1097 under William II and was completed two years later. It was by far the largest hall in England, and probably in Europe at that time, covering a length of almost four cricket pitches end-to-end

DBR Leadwork carried out the recording and careful removal of the sand cast lead coverings to the Hall’s Fleche. The substrate was repaired and in some areas reconfigured to provide improved detailing and rainwater disposal. The salvaged lead was recast and installed to the Fleche including the installation of cast crockets which had been carefully removed, catalogued, cleaned and subse­quently installed. One of the challenging aspects of the project was carrying out in-situ welding under the strict regimes of fire safety and hot works permits re­quired on the Parliamentary Estate.


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