Historic wall rebuild to begin this month
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 July 2016
A dangerous wall is set to be rebuilt this month after being demolished last year.
Work on the historic wall near St Peter’s Church in St Albans is now scheduled to start this month and will take up to eight to 10 weeks, depending on the weather.
The brick and flint wall on the corner of the church and the Age Concern Office was meant to be restored in late March after it was found to be in danger of collapsing last year.
A considerable amount of work had to be undertaken and permissions obtained to allow the council to take down and rebuild the wall including structural reports and ground scans to determine the location of graves in the church grounds.
It was demolished last December after a long period when it was cordoned off with barriers, leading to complaints that people were having to walk in the road.
St Albans council’s portfolio holder for housing, Cllr Brian Ellis, said: “Rebuilding this wall and making it safe again is a complex project because of the historic importance of the site.
“St Peter’s Church dates back many centuries and is one of the city’s most notable landmarks.
“We want to preserve the look and character of the surrounding area and are using as much of the original materials as we can.
“Although it has caused a slight delay to the work, we’ve even gone to the length of ordering specially-made bricks to ensure the best possible results.”