This month has seen the completion of the programme of restoration works that has been ongoing at Queen Street Masonic Temple, Sunderland.
The works have consisted of a new slate roof to the main lodge room; the installation of sheep’s wool insulation to the roof space; new windows; plastering; external pointing; and stabilisation works to the structure of the buildings floors; which was brought to a close by the installation of a new Lodge Room Floor.
The substantial part of the works was funded by a series of grants from Historic England for this Grade 1 Listed Building with a contribution percentage made by the lodges and side degrees within the building via. Queen Street Masonic Temple Limited. The new floor is an exact replica of the previous 150 year old installation and it is anticipated this investment will be as successful as its predecessor and perform its duty for the next 150 years of enjoyment of the users of the building.
The programme of works were undertaken by a Historic England approved Principal Contractor local to the area and the floor by an appointed sub-contractor also local to the North East. The floor was installed by a Master Craftsman who was previously a member of Northumberland Freemasons .