Project Spotlight – Introducing Crown Court House, Wakefield

Last year we secured the contract with Wakefield Metropolitan District Council to repair one of Wakefield’s oldest and most historic landmarks.

The old Crown Court building is a key part of the Wakefield Civic Quarter Regeneration Area, the historic area of the city and the transformation is a key priority for the community.

Image credit – https://www.wakefield.gov.uk

Wood Street – the heart of Wakefield – find interesting information on the History of the street and area on this site – https://woodsttheheartofwa.wixsite.com/mysite

Wakefield Council are delivering this project in partnership with Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield Civic Society and Leeds Beckett University, celebrating the history of an important local street. Wood Street, the Heart of Wakefield, is an inter-generational project about how people, buildings and events, on one street, helped to shape the Wakefield District.

Notice of lectures at the Court House, Wakefield, 1825
Notice of lectures at the Court House, Wakefield, 1825. Image credit – http://www.twixtaireandcalder.org.uk

Crown Court House was purchased by Wakefield Council in 2016, they were advised that due to lack of care from the previous owners, the building may have met with the “point of no return.” The severe deterioration of the building resulted in it being placed on the Historic England “at risk” register in July 2013.

Crown Court House, Wakefield. Image credit – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/

We are proudly hard at work within Crown Court House with aims to revive the heritage of the local community as part of the regeneration of the Civic Quarter.

Our works include external fabric repairs (highly important because the building was no longer water tight. Water in unwanted places is the grim reaper of the construction industry.) We are carrying our essential structural roof repairs, replacing rotten timber and reinforcing the overall stability of the building. The high-level ceilings and mouldings have been completely stripped out – incurring a large amount of waste which has all been removed from site and disposed of accordingly (Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, our skip supplier is fully licensed.) More updates to come from this exciting transformation in the following weeks.

This photo shows the timber replacements to the roof – essential structural repairs.

Whats on?

February 2019
5-6 Making and Using Traditional Mortars – C1 Contractor Level 1
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
5 Housekeeping and Dust
West Dean College, West Sussex
5 Exploring the History, Art and Conservation of Leighton House
Kensington, London
6-7 Understanding Building Conservation
CIOB, London
8-9 Understanding British Buildings
Birmingham City University
9 Sash and Case Window Repairs
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
12 Historic Cements and Concrete
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
15-16 Disaster Management and Heritage
Birmingham City University
18-22 Intensive Training Assessment and Accreditation in Construction Masonry
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
18 Conservation of Timberwork
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
19-20 Understanding Building Conservation
21 Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows
Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
22 Lime Pointing Training Day
Bodmin, Cornwall
25 Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents
Society of Antiquaries apartments, Burlington House, London

Credit to Building Conservation for sharing these key days with us.

The services we provide for you at

aura conservation


Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk



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