The Chimes Shopping Centre, Uxbridge
Dismantling and re-erection of medieval shops
A row of important 15th & 16th
century timber frame buildings were re-erected by McCurdy & Co. at
the heart of a new £70 million shopping mall and high street redevelopment
project in Uxbridge. The project, which is being developed by Costain-Skanska
and Capital Shopping Centres, was completed in 2001.
The High Street, Uxbridge. Now restored and open to the public as a bar/restaurant
- “Auberge”, tel: 01895 270 111
In 1983 Peter McCurdy was commissioned to undertake the archaeological
recording and dismantling of 12-17 The High Street, a row of mediaeval
timber frame shop buildings which stood on the site of a new development
in the centre of Uxbridge. The timbers were then put into storage in McCurdy's
workshops in Berkshire.
selection of timber repairs in the workshop
Fifteen years later McCurdy & Co. were appointed by Costains-Skanska
to begin the painstaking repairs and reconstruction of these historic
timbers so that they could be re-erected as a feature of the new Chimes
view of central hall
McCurdy's specialist work has involved meticulous research into historic
details to ensure the accuracy of the final reconstruction and also analysis
of traces of historic paintwork.
A timber repair detail
detail on the Wealden Hall House