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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.

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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.

Chapter House, St Paul’s Cathedral

Summary = Construction of a new third floor, internal alterations, new lift and two new staircases, internal and external refurbishment to the Chapter House at St Paul's Cathedral.

Value = £2,200,000

Location = St Paul's Cathedral, London

Challenge = Working on a Grade II listed building within the city of London provided its own distinct set of challenges. The location of the works carried out were adjacent to the very busy Paternoster Square and St Pauls' Cathedral, therefore Bakers had to minimise the disruption to tourists, businesses and visitors. The client and architect were looking to provide a 21st century office and meeting space, while at the same time preserving the layout and traditional finishes seen in many parts of the building.

Solution = Located immediately next to St Paul's Cathedral, the Chapter House, designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren and his son in 1715 is an elegant red brick building which provides offices for St Paul's Cathedral and also houses two intimate rooms available for private hire.

St Paul's Cathedral, the Chapter House - New mansard roof

Works involved the installation of a temporary roof whilst the existing roof was dismantled. A new lead mansard roof with windows was installed to create an additional floor of office space. The upper slope of the roof is not visible from street level when viewed from close proximity to the building. Within the new floor glass partitions divided the office space, and built in storage cupboards were manufactured and installed by Bakers joinery workshop.

St Paul's Cathedral, the Chapter House - Alterations

To the basement level, tanking and alterations were carried out to provide new office space and basement level w/c. Alteration works to the existing first and second floors included the installation of a new kitchen area. Glass partition walls were installed to the second floor to divide it into office space, whilst maintaining the original layout. A new oak reception desk was hand crafted and installed by Bakers' in-house joinery workshop. A new passenger lift was installed and two new oak staircases which were manufactured by Bakers' joinery workshop were designed and built around the new lift shaft.

Internal redecoration to the first and second floors included the refurbishment of the oak wall panels to both function rooms. The parquet floor was refurbished within one function room, and a new stained oak floor was installed in the second function room. The oak wall panels to the offices on the first and second floors were also refurbished, and a complete redecoration was carried out.

The full M & E package installed included air conditioning, ventilation and w/c for office staff. A data package was also installed for the existing and new offices and function rooms.

St Paul's Cathedral, the Chapter House - External Conservation

New York stone steps and coping stones were supplied by Bakers' sister company Collins and Curtis Masonry. The red brick exterior was cleaned and re-pointed, and the stone cut mouldings, pedimented doorways, cornice and paneled parapet were all repaired and cleaned. A new external platform lift clad with Portland stone was installed to provide access to the entrance for disabled visitors and staff.