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Remembrance Day 2019

In time for Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day yesterday, Chelmsford City Council commissioned Bakers of Danbury Ltd to carry out a complete restoration to our City’s War Memorial. Chelmsford War Memorial sits to the front (north) of the Civic Centre. Restoration work started Monday 4th and was completed Thursday 7th November.

We first erected a large scaffold and monarflex sheeting around the memorial to protect the pedestrian footpath and passersby from overspray when cleaning the Portland stone, provide the Stonemasons with access to the full height of the memorial and also to prevent unauthorised access. Our Stonemasons carried out a Doff Clean which uses pressurised steam and also re-pointed the Portland stone cenotaph, square plinth and stepped base.

Nick Eveleigh, Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council, said;

The Council is fully committed to restoring War Memorials in its care that honour people who have laid down their lives for this country.”

Chelmsford War Memorial was erected 1923, originally dedicated to those men of Chelmsford killed on military service in the First World. It was later dedicated to all those people of Chelmsford, both military personnel and civilians, who died during the Second World War. The north face of the plinth is inscribed with

TO THE MEN OF CHELMSFORD WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1918", the east face with "AND TO ALL CITIZENS WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945" and the south face with "OUR GLORIOUS DEAD".

Subsidence Damage, Leigh on Sea Essex

Value = £160,000

Location = Leigh on Sea, Essex

Summary = To repair this property after it had suffered from subsidence. Subsidence repairs included the removal of render and installed expanded metal lathe repairs throughout every room within the property.

The porch doors and main entry door were renewed with new doors manufactured by Bakers of Danburys' inhouse joinery workshop. All ironmongery for both doors were preserved and refitted to the new doors. The glazing was also removed from the existing and installed into the new doors.

All rooms were redecorated including repairs and painting. Subsidence repairs were carried out to the front elevation external render in addition to repairs to the bay window.

Chelmsford High School for Girls

Summary = Enabling works to Chelmsford County High School for Girls ahead of the construction of a new Sports Hall and teaching block, which will include additional science facilities

Location = Chelmsford, Essex

Architect = PCH Associates

Challenge = Removal of an existing building in a live school

Solution = Enabling works to Chelmsford County High School for Girls which included the following:

  • Removal of the existing building called Bancroft and infilling the site
  • Division of existing services from Bancroft, in order to keep the swimming pool and all other blocks operational
  • Clearance and re-levelling of work site, including embankment adjacent to science block
  • Sawston Village College

    Summary = Roof works and internal decoration to two college buildings

    Location = Cambridgeshire

    Architect = PCH Associates

    Challenge = The Grade II Listed buildings had to be protected from the weather whilst the roofs were stripped and replaced

    Solution = The project was divided into two phases and temporary roofs protected the Grade II Listed Henry Morris building during Phase one and the North Wing during Phase two of works.

    Phase one of works to Sawston Village College, an academy school founded in 1930, began April 2019. Works involved the installation of the temporary roof whilst the stripping and re-roofing of the Grade II Listed Henry Morris building took place. The existing pantiles were re-laid to the front elevation of the building and new handmade pantiles were installed to the back.

    Below the roof, the deteriorating lath and plaster ceiling to the main hall was replaced with new, which included the installation of new laths, scratch coat and a finish of thermalime plaster previously approved by the Conservation Officer. Existing facia boards were replaced and the cast iron gutters and downpipes were thoroughly sanded back to metal and painted. The bell tower underwent extensive repairs to the leaded lights, structural timber and boarding.

    The second phase of works included roof works to the North Wing of the College, similar to the roof works to the Henry Morris building. All roof works and internal decoration was completed in time to hand back to the College for the new Academic New Year.

    Essex Wildlife Trust

    2019 marks the 20th year that Bakers of Danbury Ltd have been corporate sponsors for Essex Wildlife Trust.

    Bakers work in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust whenever the opportunity arises. Financial support from Corporate members such as Bakers of Danbury is vital in enabling Essex Wildlife Trust to carry out Wildlife Conservation work across the County.

    The aim of Essex Wildlife Trust is to protect Wildlife for the future and for the people of Essex. Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity and is supported financially by members, local businesses and grant making organisations. It has more than 37,000 members, manages and protects over 8,400 acres of land on 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and runs 11 visitor centres.

    Essex Wildlife Trust Corporate Sponsorship

    Grant Maton, Corporate Communications Officer for Essex Wildlife Trust said; “Your membership is greatly valued by the Trust and enables nature conservation to be undertaken around the county. Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.”

    Bakers of Danbury offered additional support Essex Wildlife Trust’s recent Danbury Ridge Living Landscape partnership project, which was set up to help conserve local wildlife after a survey was carried out to identify the potential planting sites throughout Danbury Ridge Living Landscape. To read more about the Danbury Ridge project visit www.essexwt.org.uk.