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High Hundhowe, Lake District

High Hundhowe is a substantial stone built detached residence situated in the Lake District National Park. Parts date back around 400 years with later extensions added. The majority of the house is rendered with leaded windows and the roof is constructed using timber rafters with a slate covering and there are three large chimneys.

In November 2017, a fire started at the top of the house destroying the majority of the roof with most of the roof timbers and slate collapsing into the building, causing significant damage to the first floor area and most of the contents within it. At ground floor level, there was notable damage as a result of fire extinguishment and damage to ceilings due to the fire breaking through from above in a number of places. The external walls of the property, which in some areas are a number of feet thick, suffered little or no fire damage.

Perega attended urgently with a contractor to survey the property from the ground, internally where possible and using a drone. Our findings led to the contractor undertaking immediate debris clearance. We then produced a detailed repair schedule for tendering of reinstatement works, acting as project manager and contract administrator.