A NORTH-EAST surveying firm has won a contract to help preserve a piece of literary history – restoring Lakeland poet William Wordsworth’s former home.

North-East and Cumbrian specialists Lewis Surveying Associates have been appointed to project manage the installation of a green heating system at Allan Banks in Grasmere, Cumbria, which is being renovated by the National Trust following a severe fire last year.

The carbon zero biomass heating system, which burns renewable wood pellets, is highly efficient and essential to preserve the grade II-listed building.

The heating systemalso qualifies for the Government’s renewable heat incentive and 20 years of financial contributions to running costs.

LSA partner Paul Lewis said: “Ofgem’s scheme of financial incentives for burning non-fossil fuels means that commercial property users can now benefit from real help when lowering their carbon emissions.

“The National Trust is committed to this end and is using this type of system more often in their large properties.

“With our knowledge of historic buildings, we can set the performance requirements correctly and ensure that installations are both discreet and sympathetic to their character.”

LSA is run by Mr Lewis and his brother, Peter, with offices in Darlington, Richmond, Hexham and Brougham, near Penrith.

Paul’s nieces Jenny and Josie offer architectural and design services including plans and drawings and interior design.

The firm has also worked on Wordsworth’s former home in Cockermouth, which was damaged by floods.

Allan Bank, which overlooks Grasmere in the Lake District, was occupied by Wordsworth from 1805-08.