Wentworth Woodhouse Big Build, Big Imaginations

Woodhead Group, contractors working on the essential roof repairs teamed up with Wentworth Church of England Junior and Infant School and entered into the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Honor Goodsite’s Big Build Competition.

The aim of the competition was to enable scheme-registered organisations like Woodhead to reach out to the community to help them design and build a famous or fictional building, specifically out of recyclable materials. Both the school and Woodhead Group were delighted to be named runners up after producing an excellent recreation of Wentworth Woodhouse.

Wentworth C of E were excited to take part in the competition and created groups of 4-5 children from Year 5. They took part in a visit to Wentworth Woodhouse to ensure they had knowledge of the Grade I listed Georgian country house to re-create the iconic landmark.

Once the children visited Wentworth Woodhouse, they collected recyclable materials which could be used to recreate the building and got to work with the help of the project team.

Imagined, designed and built by the children, they brought their creation to life. Throughout the process, Matt Bust, Business Support Manager, Amy Stamford, Project Quantity Surveyor and Owen Nightingale, Apprentice Site Manager, also made a visit to Wentworth C of E to help the children.

Amy thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition and helping the children and said:

“It was great to visit the school and see how creative and imaginative the children were whilst building Wentworth Woodhouse. The range of recyclable materials was fantastic and all the children worked brilliantly together. We hope they enjoyed the challenge and learnt about the historic building at the same time.”

Head Teacher at Wentworth Primary C of E, Andrea Barker, said,

“The opportunity for the children to work with the project has been a fabulous experience, our year 5 and 6 learners are currently exploring the historical importance of Wentworth Woodhouse in our community. They have thoroughly enjoyed a roof top and internal tour to inform their knowledge. “

Woodhead Group were selected by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) to carry out the repair, restoration and replacement of a large part of the building’s roof, as part of its 25-year Masterplan.

Woodhead’s work to the roof is being facilitated by a huge £1.1million scaffold system, covering the exterior of the dramatic façade of the building. A canopy covering the roof is protecting the building, enabling the works to be carried out.

The repairs are being supported with over £7 million of Government funding through Historic England.

It’s not too late to see the work up close and personal through a guided rooftop tour which takes visitors to new heights to experience the house and its surrounding areas from a whole new level.