Built in 1815, this structure was suffering with complex damp issues and required a unique remedial programme that met the restrictions of its grade whilst also looking ahead to its new role as a mixed-use development. With part of the structure lying below ground, however, Crownstone had to design and specify a solution which would comply with British Standard BS8102.
First, we had to contend with the requirement for plant rooms to be housed in the below ground space, where the lack of an existing damp proof membrane meant that moisture evaporation into the basement was prevalent. This also complicated the client’s request for tiled floor finishes by providing us with an existing environment where the relevant adhesives would de-bond in a short space of time.
Secondly, exterior walls with eccentric profiles, ageing brickwork and decorative friezes all needed to be paid attention to, ensuring that the structural integrity of the building would be assured without compromising the fanciful terracotta friezes and elaborate brickwork which adorn it.