Belmont House, Lyme Regis

Building restoration charity, the Landmark Trust acquired Belmont House in Lyme Regis and took the bold decision to restore it to the form in 1785, which involved removing what was left of the substantial Victorian and later extensions. The project was informed by highly detailed analysis and documentary research and required specialist contractors with appropriate skills and expertise.

Rowsell Roofing were appointed after competitive tender to re-roof Belmont House and the garden's Victorian observation tower, complete with revolving cupola.

Landmark Trust's quality roofing specification demanded a high degree of knowledge and know-how. Once the scaffolding shrouded the house, the existing roof was meticulously deconstructed and the poorly-fitted slates, asbestos and quantities of adhered insulating foam removed to leave the original rafters. The roof was then carefully reassembled with new Welsh slates, detailed lead work and flush, roof mounted, solar panels in the gullies, hidden from eyes below and generating clean home-grown energy.

Set in the beautiful garden, alongside the House, the conical revolving cupola atop the Victorian observation tower was re-leaded and restored to house a telescope for viewing the picturesque coastal scenery of the Jurassic Coast or the heavenly stars above.