Government Building

The building was opened in 1843 as an infant orphan asylum by King Leopold of Belgium and later became a school. It was designed by Gilbert Scott and William Boughton Moffatt. The school closed in 1971 and was acquired by the Crown for its present use.


Scope of Works:

  • The erection of over £200,000 worth of scaffolding, including full temporary roof protection over 6 Court buildings.

  • The use of large cranes were required to lift scaffold support beams in position above the Court buildings.

  • The existing natural Welsh slate roof coverings were removed and sorted to assess whether they could be salvaged for reuse.

  • A large number of slates could not be used due to the age and friable nature of the existing materials. As a result replacement natural Welsh slates were sourced directly from the quarry.

  • The lead parapet gutters and bays were beginning to fail and Minerva were instructed under this contract to replace those areas with new coded lead coverings.

Contract Value: £600,000