Pleasley Colliery

William Saunders were appointed to prepare and procure a programme of conservation and restoration works for the site, which is a Grade II Listed, Scheduled Monument.

The work focused on ensuring that the future maintenance and management of the existing buildings and structures, specifically the engine house and headgear, could be undertaken as part of revenue budget rather than requiring further major capital investment.

A detailed hierarchical principle of conservation and repair was agreed with English Heritage, based on the site’s Conservation Management Plan.

The strategy ensured that the various elements that had deteriorated would be sound and capable of continuing to either fulfil their intended functions or to “tell a story” of lost aspects of the site. Extensive condition surveys were undertaken and a detailed schedule of work agreed with English Heritage prior to the application for Scheduled Monument Consent.

Where possible, elements were repaired and conserved in-situ. This strategy was determined to prevent unnecessary damage during removal. It also ensured that the historic fabric of the building remained undisturbed where possible.

The general proposal for any new works was that, where appropriate, they were to follow the spirit of “pit engineering” that has seen the current site evolve from its original as built condition, through to the current position today. The ethos of “pit engineering” is particularly important, as the site today clearly demonstrates the evolution of a working colliery as technologies advance and methodologies change over time.

This was a challenging and hugely interesting project for all members of the Design and Contracting Team which secures the future of the Pleasley site for years to come.

WINNER of the following awards:

English Heritage Angel Award 2011 “Best Rescue of an Industrial Building”

East Midlands Constructing Excellence Regional Awards 2011 “Heritage”

Regional Winner of FMB Award

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