Work is starting on repairs to the Palace Tower

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Work is scheduled to start on the North West tower of the Archbishop’s Palace in the middle of March 2022. The first phase of the work will involve:

  • Cleaning the inside of the Tower which has suffered from its occupation by pigeons! The pigeon mesh will be replaced to stop any further problems of this nature.
  • Conservation repairs to the lower levels of the Tower
  • Installation of new doors and gates

The Trust is applying for further funding and, if successful, then this phase of the work will be extended to include repairs to the upper levels of the Tower and the installation of windows.

We expect the work to start in mid-March and be completed by the end of the Summer 2022. In the tendering process for the principal contractor, we have asked for membership of the Considerate Contractors Scheme, and we have asked that they keep the noise, dust and disruption to an absolute minimum. However, it is inevitable that there will be additional traffic to the site and some disruption for local residents. We apologise for this in advance.

The contractors will fence off a compound round the Tower which will, of course, be out of bounds to the public. Please will you avoid talking to the workmen and distracting them from their work. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Rushby – tel: 07968 721 958 or by email: secretary@otfordpalace.org We will keep you up to date with progress on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Otfordpalace.

The Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust is grateful for the funding it has been awarded from the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, Kent Downs AONB Unit, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and from the Enovert Community Trust.