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The restoration of a barn in Sussex, England raised issues which are common to many such projects. In particular, issues arose related to the alternative strategies of in- situ repair or dismantling for repair, both of which may be possible for a timber structure. The issues were stated clearly in this case because the parties involved disagreed over which strategy should be adopted and as each was used for different parts of the building the different outcomes resulting were perhaps more clearly seen here than in many cases. This paper illustrates the differences between these strategies by examining how each would have resolved the problems of structural deterioration and deformation inherent in the building, looking at their impact on both structural action and appearance. Finally, it briefly addresses the issue of whether to retain earlier repairs or to remove them as part of a current restoration.
timber structures, repair and restoration, medieval barn, conservation strategy
Senior Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Building Engineering, Liverpool University, Liverpool,
Andrew C. Smith Consulting Engineers, London,