Restoration of Historic Southampton Building

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould is helping Southampton City Council with the restoration of its Tudor House complex.

The company is acting as quantity surveyor on the structural building repair of Tudor House – an historic complex of Tudor, Victorian, Georgian and Norman buildings which need extensive works. Faithful+Gould is also carrying out a feasibility study into the fit-out stage.

The £2.3 million restoration programme is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with support from Southampton City Council and English Heritage. It is hoped to start work in 2005, with the fit-out scheme scheduled to start once the repair works are complete.

Tudor House is a rare example of the house of a Tudor merchant of high status, and is one of only a few of the many timber framed buildings that were located in this quarter of Southampton to survive slum clearance and wartime bomb damage.

It is a Grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument, and in the same complex is King John's Palace which is also a scheduled ancient monument, and a small mediaeval cottage which is a 15th century grade II listed building. The three buildings were preserved together, restored in 1895 and sold to the borough council in 1912 as the town’s first museum.

Andrew Smith commented, "There was an intensive programme of archaeological investigation and recording in the 1990's. The structure of the building and the repairs required dictate that the bulk of the works are tackled as one major repair programme. Once repairs are complete there is a great deal of scope in Phase II of the programme to reinterpret the site to concentrate on the fascinating history of the building of the people that lived there, as well as to improve access and public facilities".

Niall Phillips Architects has been appointed as architect on the scheme with Fenton Holloway as Structural Engineers, and Faber Maunsell as Services Engineers.