Magnus Buildings, Newark

Our specialist heritage joiners are proud to have been chosen to undertake major repairs to the tudor roof of the historic Magnus Buildings in Newark which are to be refurbished by Newark and Sherwood District Council in to a new Museum and National Civil War Centre.

Our company is proud to have been selected by Robert Woodhead Ltd’s specialist Heritage Division  to undertake major repairs to the historic tudor roof timbers dating back to 1532 as part of a major £5.4million refurbishment project by Newark and Sherwood district Council. The work will transform the Grade II buildings, located next to the Palace Theatre, into a new museum and National Civil War Centre.

This new museum will provide a showcase for the history of Newark and Sherwood and become a national centre for the history of the British Civil Wars. Formerly part of the Magnus School, the new museum will also be a centre of learning, linked to local studies and the national curriculum, as well as offering a new visitor destination for the region.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £3.5million toward the £5.4m total cost of the project with the centre expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors to the town and district each year.

The Grade II* Old Magnus Buildings – which date back to 1532 – with its free school, Tudor hall, Georgian townhouse extension and Victorian schoolrooms will house a treasure trove of history and become a vibrant centre of learning in the heart of the town.

Magnus Building Newark under Refurbishment 2015

A view of the Magnus Buildings, Newark during their refurbishment in 2015

Magnus Tudor Roof Repairs

The tudor roof stripped back and undergoing repair

Roof Repair Splice detail

A view of a splice detail using original timber and new green oak on to a new purlin


Splice detail

Splice detail during the repair of a tudor timber roof

Tudor Roof Splice

Connection detail of spliced roof timbers