Quality Inspections for Durham University’s famous Bishop Cosin’s Library

We have been appointed by award-winning national practise, GSSArchitecture, to provide Independent Quality Inspections for Durham University’s famous Bishop Cosin’s Library alongside the main contractor Vest Construction Ltd.

The 17th century Grade II* listed building is undergoing major repair, internal restoration to the existing lime plaster walls with additional work on surrounding flat roof areas, and reception to Palace Green Library.

Cosin’s library which was built in 1669 on what is now the Palace Green World Heritage Site, adjacent to the medieval sandstone constructed Exchequer building – was home to more than 5,000 books collected by Bishop John Cosin, including the Shakespeare First Folio.

Since 1832, Cosin’s library has been run by Durham University as part of the University Library, and it was granted Designated status in 2005 as being of international importance. The University added further buildings, in the Victorian period and furthermore in 1966, to continue housing the growing number of titles added to the collections – the set of buildings is now known as Palace Green Library.

“We have been fortunate to work with GSSArchitecture on several prior projects on the University campus and we are excited to be returning for their latest project in the refurbishment the Bishop Cosin’s Library which is over 350 years old. We are pleased to be playing our part in our county’s heritage by preserving a building of significant historical interest, which will then be open to the public once again.”

Operations Manager, Jonathan King

As a leading Quality Site Inspection company that provides a comprehensive range of Quality Site Inspection services ranging from Clerk of Works and NEC Supervisory services, through to technical reviews and one off-independent inspections, our aim is to improve the quality of UK construction for clients nationwide.

Please view our website www.hicktonqualitycontrol.co.uk or speak to a member of our head office team on 01226 743959 to discuss new projects for 2020.

Hickton Quality Control

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51 Church Street
South Yorkshire
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