In the first stage of the exterior works, the roof membrane on the flat section in the middle of the roof was replaced, followed by works to the north (rear) facade, completed over four months in 2013/14. The concrete spalling of the lintels on this elevation was investigated and repaired, and movement joints installed to mitigate horizontal cracking in the lintels and rendered bands where they meet the brickwork. Repointing was undertaken on all six floors along with render repairs to bands and window surrounds, corrosion stabilisation, joinery repairs, the replacement of two pairs of doors and full repainting. Access to the facades was a challenge as the building is now hemmed in on three sides.
In 2016, we completed similar refurbishment works to the south (front) facade. Patch repairs have been made to the brickwork and rendered bands, and repointing, joinery repairs and repainting carried out. In addition, the membranes on the first and second floor roofs of the loggia have been repaired, and replaced completely for the third floor roof.
The external fire escape stair on the south east corner of the building is partially original steelwork. We carefully upgraded the stair to comply with current fire access standards, checking details such as balustrade heights and nosing strips.
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