Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade I and II listed Trinity House on Newcastle Quayside is steeped in history and architectural heritage, tracing back just over 500 hundred years.

The strong maritime tradition is evident throughout all the buildings attached to Trinity House. Part of the cluster of buildings is to be taken over by a barrister’s chamber and needed to be watertight.   There was a specific problem around lead work forming around the box gutter.

Following a tender process the company was awarded the contract. The client was Trinity House, and the works were designed and contract administered by chartered building surveyors, Smith Marston Ltd.


  • The work to be carried out on time over a four week period
  • The current lead sheets on the roof to be replaced as well as timber and pointing work to the lead box gutter ensuring the new bay sizes were reformed to conform with specialist guidelines for working with lead
  • Decorative work to all of the C18th windows to take place and specialist paint to be used for the windows and masonry
  • The team to ensure the courtyard, which is open to the public, was safe to access
  • After gaining listed building consent, a mansafe system was installed to be used for various members of the team working at height

Customer Feedback:

“The project ran very smoothly with excellent cooperation and no disruption to either Trinity House or our tenants.

We were very impressed with both the workforce and the standard of workmanship displayed during the work undertaken to the Alms House roof.”

Captain Ray Nelson, Estates Warden, Trinity House