Storm enlisted for £4 Million restoration
A documentary on a renovation project involving Storm was recently shown on Channel 4’s sister station More4. £4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue is a two-part series covering work that took place at Llwyn Celyn, a medieval hall house located in the Black Mountains.
About Llwyn Celyn
Llwyn Celyn is situated to the Llanthony Valley on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is one of Wales’ best-known surviving late-medieval buildings, having been built in 1420 shortly after Owain Glyndŵr's revolt against the Kingdom of England. £4.2 million has been poured into restoring the building, with £2.5 million of this coming from the National Lottery. This has secured its future for the next generations. Prior to the restoration, the site had been in a state of thorough disrepair and the building has been defended by emergency scaffolding for almost thirty years. The rescue of the building has been described as “a true milestone”.
Storm were enlisted by the building's owners, The Landmark Trust to help maintain the farmhouse’s historical features. We carried out the restoration of 19 sash windows, and we were tasked with providing a bespoke colour match service to complement the paint used by The Landmark Trust. The project was not a swift process, as we were only able to fit the windows when all other building and restoration work had been completed. This meant it took more than four months to complete our work. The Landmark Trust are well-known for their incredibly high standards in terms of suppliers, which is one of the reasons we were so delighted to be chosen to undertake this work.
Future plans for the building
Llwyn Celyn is a Grade I listed building that has been inhabited continuously since the early 15th century. The Landmark Trust aim to convert the farmhouse into a leading educational and exhibition space, providing accommodation for holidays and short breaks. Llwyn Celyn is available for overnight stays, and there are three open weekends coming during the next twelve months.
It was very important that we were able to help the Trust maintain the historical integrity of the property so that its distinctive character could be maintained. We were very pleased to play our part in this process and see new life being breathed into such a wonderful building.