There is no item in your cart
The National Trust’s insurers are suing a contractor and a consultant over the 2015 fire that gutted 18th-century mansion Clandon House in Surrey.
The roof and upper floors of the Grade-I-listed building were destroyed in the blaze, which spread through a lift shaft and voids, resulting in a repair bill estimated at £115m. A fault in an electrical distribution board in the basement is thought to have started the fire.
Contractor Cuffe Plc and consultant Tuffin Ferraby Taylor,
which worked on the design and construction of the lift shaft around ten years
before the fire, were named in Zurich Municipal’s writ at the Technology and
Construction Court in London.
A spokesperson for Zurich Municipal said: “Following
the devastating fire at Clandon Park, we have been working closely with the
National Trust on this complex claim. As legal proceedings with other parties
are ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”
In a statement, the National Trust said: “Our insurers
Zurich Municipal are pursuing legal action against third parties for the losses
suffered at Clandon Park during the fire on 29 April 2015. The National Trust
is providing support in that litigation and we cannot comment on any questions
relating to the case.”
Cuffe Plc has been contacted for comment. Tuffin Ferraby
Taylor was not available for comment.