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St Mary’s Church, Stotfold

Value = approximately £160,000

Location = Stotfold, Bedfordshire

Architect =Barker Associates

Summary = A major renovation to where large areas of external stonework had failed.

Challenge = This failure was mainly due to the fact that it was constructed using ‘Clunch’ stone which in its day was sourced locally, but being a very soft and pervious stone has not stood the tests of time.

Solution = The replacement stone was produced by our sister company Collins & Curtis Masonry. Clipsham Stone was used in place of Clunch for an all weathering stone which will stand up the elements better overtime.

All other stonework to ornate tracery sections to windows and door surrounds was replaced with Chicksgrove as good quality Clunch is now becoming difficult to source.

The results to the church has been a fantastic success and we have since secured additional works internally which start in January 2018.

 

Westminster Abbey

Under the instruction from Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd (Westminster Abbeys Surveyor of the fabric) Bakers are currently carrying out roof works to the medieval South Triforium and the Great Cloister within Westminster Abbey.

The roof works will be completed in time for the opening of a new museum and gallery, located in the Abbey's medieval triforium, next year. After being hidden from public over 700 years, the triforium will become “The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries”.

70ft above the Abbey floor, the new gallery will provide visitors with magnificent views down over the Abbey buildings and the Palace of Westminster. Roof works carried out by Bakers involve stripping the existing roof, recasting original lead and re-leading part of the South Triforium and part of the Main Cloister.

A full overhaul of the rainwater goods is also being carried out, with a combination of new and refurbished lead downpipes, hoppers and chutes being fitted. A new hopper, corbel stone and 22metre downpipe has been introduced, formed to mirror the Christopher Wren era hoppers that are already in use.

Bakers are increasing the gradient of the Triforium roof by increasing the fall of the lead bays (compliant with lead sheet association guidelines). Other structural repairs include reinforcing 300-year-old oak primary rafters using a flitch plate repair and other associated structural repairs to the oak roof.

Other works include careful rehoming of monuments and statues from other parts of the Abbey onto the Triforium floor.

With the improvements to the rainwater goods, Bakers will undertake the renewal of the below ground drainage within the Great Cloister, which will also include the exciting addition of a fountain to be positioned in the centre of the Cloister, formed on York Stone paving with a lead cistern fountain. These works will continue into Spring 2018.

 

St Michael’s School, Braintree

Value = £250,000

Location = Braintree, Essex

Architect =Purcell

Summary = New build extension to a primary school consisting of a new staff room and medical room.

Challenge = Works had to take place without disrupting the school and its pupils.

Solution = Delivery times were restricted so that deliveries did not take place during school pick up or drop off times. Works stopped whilst the pupils sat their SAT exams.

Works involved the demolition of the existing staff room, breaking out the existing foundations and the construction of new pad and beam foundations with a Milbank floor. The construction of the new staff room consisted of a steel portal frame, with cavity brickwork to match the existing, and a pitched Kingspan roof and Trespa Cladding.

Works also included adaptations to the existing photocopy room and the provision of new toilet facilities. New kitchen facilities were fitted within the new staff and medical room. Comprehensive M&E works to new extension.

Before the school opened again in September landscaping and drainage works took place, as well as the provision of a new footpath and railings.

Listed Heritage Magazine

We are delighted that Listed Heritage Magazine has featured a four page article on our works to Charterhouse, London.

The article represents the project perfectly. It explains the fascinating history of the Charterhouse, followed by a description of the remodelling and restoration works that have taken place.

Bakers of Danbury were appointed Principal Contractors for the project, which involved remodelling the Grade I listed building to house a new museum and learning centre; which explores the history of the Charterhouse from the Black Death to present day.

The project called "Revealing the Charterhouse" included extensive fabric repairs to Charterhouse chapel, as well as landscaping and restoration to Charterhouse square.

Revealing the Charterhouse aims to share the Charterhouse heritage with public, as well as conserve and restore the Charterhouse itself, including the Chapel and the Charterhouse Square, to which the Charterhouse buildings surround part of.

Having been hidden from view and closed to public for over 650 years - the historic London landmark was officially opened to public by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on 28 February 2017.