Preparatory consolidation of the cloister
In addition to the above-mentioned preliminary study, the Cloister underwent a process of preparatory consolidation prior to being dismantled and subsequently restored and reinstalled. This work was carried out under the direction of two specialists from the Gerencia de Infrastructuras of the Ministry of Culture and a restorer from the Instituto de Patrimonio Histórico Español (IPHE). The final report on this work included a study of the stability and possible consolidation of the arcading with a diagram of damage, work carried out and risks. The various studies undertaken at this point revealed the serious deterioration not just of the stone but also of the Cloister’s structure, with the consequent risk of collapse.
Once the preparatory consolidation work had been carried out in order to ensure that dismantling could be undertaken without any risk to the structure, and following a photographic study, restoration started on the stone elements of the Cloister under the direction of four specialists from the Ministry of Culture (Gerencia de Infrastructuras and the IPHE).
After the 2,820 stones had been dismantled and moved to the restoration studios in Alcalá de Henares where work was to be carried out, each element was recorded and given an identifying code and number. A sketch of each of the lines of masonry was made in order to be able to subsequently reassemble the blocks, while photographs were taken of the front faces and of sides of stonework not previously visible.