Phase two of the Heritage Assets Repair Programme to begin this spring

In 2021, Southampton City Council committed to investing to preserve many of our important monuments under the Heritage Assets Repair Programme (HARP) for current and future generations to enjoy

Image of medieval stone and flint monument with arrow slit windows and an archway in the middle. Two gold lions statues are in front of the monument holding two flags.

HARP began in June 2023 and the first phase of the programme completed at the end of 2023.

Paye Stonework & Restoration Ltd has been appointed as contractors to carry out the next phase of the project.

The second phase of the heritage project will begin in spring and is expected to complete in late autumn. The works will be to 30 locations across the city, including:

  • Bargate – including major work on the roof and repairs to the exterior stonework
  • Holyrood Church
  • Castle Hall
  • Castle Vault
  • Tower Wall, West and South
  • Canute’s Palace
  • Watergate
  • Round Tower on Town Walls, East
  • Conduit House, Commercial Road

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Leader of Southampton City Council said:

"Southampton is full of rich history and heritage. We have so many buildings and monuments that have shaped our city for hundreds of years and play an important part in telling our story.

"As part of the Heritage Assets Repair Programme we are improving public access to and enjoyment of these important heritage assets, and it is part of our desire to improve everyone’s understanding of Southampton’s important place in history over many centuries".

Matt Kember, Managing Director of Paye Stonework and Restoration said:

"We are excited to have been instructed by Southampton City Council to undertake the conservation and repair to a number of important historic structures across the city.

"At Paye Stonework and Restoration, we have decades of experience working on some of the most iconic heritage sites, buildings and monuments in the UK and we are honoured to bring that experience once again to Southampton".