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Newsletter (December 2016)

2016 was another busy year for all of our companies. We would like to share with you, some of the very interesting projects we have had the honour in being part of; from works to St Pauls Cathedral, Charterhouse and the Barbican in London, a new build veterinary surgery in Purleigh Essex and the stunning St Mary at Quay Project in Ipswich along with various works to schools, commercial premises and private residences.

Click here to read about these interesting projects and more in our latest Newsletter

St Brides, London

Value = £614,000

Location = Fleet Street London EC4

Summary = Tower/spire cleaning and restoration of stonework.

Challenge = Restricted access in the busy City of London.

Solution = The iconic Grade 1 Listed church is the tallest of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches at 67m high with its distinctive and famous tiered spire being the inspiration of the wedding cake. Standing for over 300 years the church has survived world wars, years of air pollution and erosion from detrimental weather, so it is no surprise that after years of numerous sections of masonry falling from the structure to the ground, that substantial restoration work was urgently required.

The initial phase of essential repairs to the Portland Stone tower & spire involved carefully cleaning the heavy carbon soiling, more than an inch thick in places, removal of all hard cement pointing and mortar repairs carried out in the 1950’s and repointing with lime mortar with around 350 new stone indents to the ashlar and moulded details.

Many of Wren’s original carved stones including the Corinthian style column capitals were replicated and fully replaced and many carved sections delicately repaired.

The unstable tower parapet & the eight 2m high ornate sculptured urns were reconstructed to remove Wren’s original rusting iron cram and replace them with stainless steel fixings. The tower & spire also benefited from new lead work to the tiered cornices of the spire to protect the masonry and improve weathering, a new lightning protection system and regilded weather vane.

Failure of foundation system, Bishop Stortford

Value = £27,000

Location = Bishop Stortford, Essex

Client = Cunningham Lindsey - Zurich Building Guarantee

Summary = Installation of temp staircase at first floor level to maintain access to 8 No flats, following the failure of foundation system supporting a doorway brick pier. Works required, installation of new foundation, rebuild of brick pier and installation of lintels and 2 new door units and later reinstatement of temporary doorway at first floor level

St Mary’s Church, Baldock

Value = £880,000

Location = Baldock, Hertfordshire

Summary = Internal re-ordering of Nave floor, design and installation of extensive LED lighting scheme, new carpets. External re-leading to South Aisle Roof, carpentry and extensive masonry repairs to flint walling and limestone.

Challenge = Removal of existing cement based repairs avoiding damage to the original building fabric

Solution = Works carried out in two phases. Phase one being works to the tower which included the restoration of the intricate stucco belfry window surrounds, cornices and enrichments on a soft brick substrate. Works involved making a replica of the original damaged gargoyles by placing a latex material over an existing restored gargoyle to create a mould to then casted from these moulds to replace many of the defective gargoyles. This project won the RICS conservation award in 2011 for the East of England.

The next phase involved the internal re-ordering of Nave floor, design and installation of extensive LED lighting scheme, new carpets. External re-leading to South Aisle Roof, carpentry and extensive masonry repairs to flint walling and limestone.

Flood Damage, Beal Academy Essex

Value = £65,000

Location = Beal Academy, Essex

Summary = Following a flash flood, external drainage works were undertaken before the replacement of performance flooring to the sports hall. Works involved the removal of the existing parquet flooring, supply and installation of platon sheet surface membrane system with lapped and welded seams, before installation of the new flooring (Premier Plus Area Elastic Sprung Floor System). System finished in Sport Linoluem with one colour throughout. Total thickness 35mm. Markings included badminton, basketball, volleyball and netball.

Bakers acquire trading name of Noble and Taylor (Ongar) Ltd

Noble Taylor Logo
Bakers of Danbury Ltd Logo

Founded over 130 years ago, Bakers of Danbury have long been associated with many of the regions' fine historic and listed buildings, churches and monuments. The recent acquisition of the trading name Noble and Taylor will help strengthen Bakers of Danbury’s work in this and other specialised markets. Like Noble and Taylor; Bakers of Danbury’s projects also encompass new developments and refurbishment in the educational, commercial, residential and health sectors.

Peter Smyth, Managing Director of Bakers of Danbury said;

"We are very pleased to announce that we have acquired the trading name of Noble & Taylor (Ongar) Ltd and we believe that Bakers of Danbury will be able fill the gap in the market caused by the unfortunate cessation of trade of Noble & Taylor. We have known Noble & Taylor for a long time as fellow contractors and seen the quality of their work and their innovative approach and are aware that the ethos of both companies has always been very similar."

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