Case Study

Newcastle Upon Tyne Trinity House

Newcastle Upon Tyne Trinity House

Newcastle Upon Tyne Trinity House holds charitable status and is committed to the preservation and protection of its buildings which trace back six hundred years and contain a number of maritime collections which are rich in local cultural heritage.

The slow, controlled and sympathetic removal of an offending paint coating in the entranceway has revealed the true character of the Trinity House building and a charming stone surface that is once again, able to breathe. The now exposed surface of the stone will allow the absorption and evaporation of moisture to take place harmlessly and will hopefully extend the life of the historic fabric.


The patina of age and the exposure of original tool marks

Interestingly, the exercise did reveal original stonemason tool marks and a border finish to many of the coursing stones. Detail and mouldings to window mullions, cusped heads and arches as well as strong architectural lines and features were all uncovered during the process.

The entrance is arguably more attractive and welcoming to Trinity House guests and we hope the intervention enhances and embodies the spirit of this built heritage asset.

Future planned works

Trinity House is keen to maintain, conserve, repair and where possible enhance this. They are true advocates and supporters of regular intervention that is tempered with good conservation practices and principles.

Continuing on from this particular scheme of work, plans have been put in place for further work involving subtle repairs to the masonry. This is comprised of re-pointing with traditional lime-based mortars and decoration within the courtyard area with specialist microporous paints. We will also repair defective lead rainwater pipes and hoppers to maintain water circuitry.



“Thanks very much for the excellent work on the memorial. It looks great and has been very much appreciated by the locals who have seen it. Another success for our partnership!”

Tyne & Wear Archaeology Specialist, Newcastle City Council

“It has been a pleasure working with Corinthia and would have no hesitation in recommending their services to others. Their hard work and contribution with on-site masonry skills and expertise have helped enable a smooth and effective delivery that the client is delighted with. We look forward to working with them in the future.”

Contracts Manager, Colt Industrial Services

“Thank you very much for a project well done. The client is delighted with the outcome and I have no hesitation in recommending your services to others.”

Associate Director, JLL City Point