MEA are delighted to have been appointed to provide Quantity Surveying services on the major roof repairs to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton.

Working with Pritchard Architecture as Conservation and Lead Architect and Marbas as Conservation Structural Engineers the project will see the complete replacement of the roof salvaging as many of the roof tiles as possible, alongside any necessary timber repairs and conservation work to the chimneys.

The Grade I Listed house was built in the 18th Century and was home to Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra from 1809 to 1817. Recent surveys have identified that the roof is in poor condition and in need of repair and there are concerns that the items held within the building are at risk of water damage.

The roof was last refurbished in 1948, before the house was opened to the public.  Now, 70 years on, and over a million visitors later, major repairs are required to restore and secure it for the future to ensure the building is watertight and the collections are preserved.

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