Tag Archives: Refurbishment

Repair of Cedar Shingle Roof

Summary: Tower repairs including repointing to the round tower, re-shingling the spire roof and refurbishing and reinstating the weathervane.

Location: Broomfield, Essex

Value: £140,000

The octagonal spire roof, which is covered with cedar shingles has suffered extensive damage caused by woodpeckers pecking holes in the shingle roof. Bakers will first remove the softwood cedar shingles from the roof structure to allow the architect and structural engineer to review the battens and substructure. There is expected to be a minimal number of structural repairs needed before the spire roof is covered in hand split Oak shakes on pre-treated softwood battens, with new stainless-steel soakers.

The woodpeckers will be deterred from damaging the new spire roof, firstly because by replacing the shingles it will ensure any insects the woodpeckers were drilling for are removed. Secondly, the new oak shakes will be free from all visual traces of former pecking sites which make woodpeckers more likely to return. The new shakes will be constructed from oak which is a hardwood and will have strips of stainless steel behind them, as the sound vibrating off of them will help deter the woodpeckers.

The round tower is of significant importance due to its round shape. It is constructed from coursed flint and ferruginous conglomerate with roman bricks and quoins and houses six bells, just below eves level supported in a steel frame. Bakers of Danbury will be repointing around 60% of the tower as the existing lime mortar pointing (which includes a very coarse aggregate) is failing at parts. The new pointing will also be of a breathable lime mortar with crushed shell.

Bakers of Danbury will also refurbish and reinstate the weathervane. It will be cleaned, a primer applied, and regilded with 24 carat gold leaf. A traditional sand cast lead cap/ weathering will be designed and installed to the weathervane.

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Westminster Abbey Infirmary

Summary: Refurbishment and alterations to Westminster Abbey Infirmary

Location: Westminster, London

Challenge: Access to this part of Westminster Abbey is restricted

Solution: Bakers of Danbury carried out refurbishment and alterations to Westminster Abbey Infirmary providing a galleried area around the room, accessed via a new oak staircase and balustrade manufactured in Bakers specialist joinery workshop. Bakers also manufactured and installed bespoke hand-crafted fitted cupboards and kitchenette which seamlessly filled the space beneath the new gallery level. Masonry and glazing repairs were also carried out.

When working at Westminster Abbey it is important to have continuous liaison with the Clerk of Works to work together and overcome access issues and restrictions. All staff wore a security tab which gave them access to the restricted areas they needed to access. All other areas were strictly prohibited. During special events, such as when HRH Queen Elizabeth visited, the works onsite had to stop. During such times, our Site Manager had to liaise closely with the Clerk of Works and Security.

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Church Tower Mezzanine Floor

Summary: Church re-ordering and new mezzanine floor within tower to make it a usable space.

Location: Impington, Cambridgeshire

Challenge: The existing 15th century wall paintings needed to be protected and later restored

Solution: Bakers carried out a re-order of the church which included a new mezzanine floor with a glass screen entrance within the tower to allow the tower to become a usable space. Externally, stone repair and re-pointing was carried out to the south and partial west elevations. A new lead roof was installed to the tower and the church was decorated throughout, whilst protecting the early 15th century paintings which were later restored.

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Thatched cottage

Summary = A complete restoration of a fire damaged thatched cottage.

Value= £550,000

Location= Bedfordshire

Bakers are near completing a restoration of a three-bedroom thatched cottage after it had been devastated by a fire, which broke out in the roof.

When works started in July 2021 Bakers removed all of the fire damaged interior, saving the floorboards where possible, installed new oak roof trusses and carried out structural oak repairs throughout the property. The existing kitchen extension was demolished to make way for a larger 8m x 5m modern kitchen/utility room extension.

A complete renovation was necessary out throughout the whole property; upstairs Bakers of Danbury installed a new fitted family bathroom and ensuite and refurbished all 3 bedrooms some of which feature exposed timbers. On the ground level Bakers refurbished three reception rooms, two studies and one cloakroom. The existing parquet flooring was refurbished throughout downstairs. The new extension had a high specification kitchen and utility room installed together with an additional downstairs cloakroom.

A completely new electrical and heating system was installed throughout the property, and new underfloor heating was installed to the new extension. Lath and plaster was installed to the interior walls and ceilings, lamb’s wool insulation installed within the walls and a breathable lime render was installed to the external walls of the property. The existing property was part thatched roof and part slate tiled roof, both the thatched roof and slate roof was replaced with new by Bakers of Danbury. Bakers of Danbury installed a zinc roof which features two skylights to the new extension.

Newsletter (Winter 2021)

Projects featured within this newsletter for which Bakers of Danbury have been the Principal Contractor include the complete restoration of a fire damage cottage, works to a farmhouse, a new extension and refurbishment to King John School in Benfleet, the recent works carried out to St Leonards Church in Shoreditch which recently was awarded Highly Commended at The King of Prussia awards and an update on the continued restoration works to St Lawrence Jewry, London

In addition to those projects, this newsletter includes updates from Bakers’ sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd and Pickford Builders Ltd.

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