Chichester Festival Theatre is a grade II* listed building constructed in 1962 on a limited budget for summer festivals. The theatre now operates all year round with over 4 times the number of annual visitors that it was designed for and therefore needed a refurbishment to accommodate the changes, hence the RENEW project .
The 18 month project, carried out by Main Contractor Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, involved demolition and new build as well as complete internal refit. Structural Renovations involvement was the repair to the large areas of exposed concrete to the facades required due to spalling concrete and exposed reinforcement due to carbonation.
The concrete elements of the facades are constructed with an exposed golden and cream aggregate in in some areas the whole face of the beams were removed and repaired.
The challenge was to produce a repair that both satisfied the requirements of both the structural engineer and the architect. After a number of trials, this was achieved by use of Remmers Betofix repair mortars and finished with colour matched Remmers Restoration Mortar modified with the addition of a limited amount of suitable aggregate.
Finally the repaired areas and any remaining concrete were lightly grit blasted to enhance the finished texture and then treated with an migrating corrosion inhibitor and finally a water repellent.
This is another example of where Structural Renovations Ltd are able to repair structures where both the colour, texture are matched and integrity of the concrete is maintained.
Having completed 2 previous phases in 2012 & 2013 the Company is now carrying out the final phase of the external repair and protection to the façade of the 10 storey office block in Basingstoke.
The works involve cleaning, repair and application of a clear coating to the concrete ring beams, brickwork repointing and sealant replacement all from temporary access cradles.
Additional works are being carried out to the roof parapet involving replacement sealant to the copings and coatings to brickwork and concrete together with minor concrete repairs to the car park parapet.
By investing in new plant, equipment and training Structural Renovations Ltd have experienced a large increase over the past 6 months in the award of masonry repair projects using Helifix materials.
Installations including HeliBeams over failed lintels, DryFix remedial ties to cavity brickwork and brick arches, CemTies to reconnect masonry at wall junctions and CrackBond TE resin for crack injection have been carried out on a wide range of structures such as commercial, residential, ecclesiastical and educational properties.
Completed projects include Bucks New University in High Wycombe, Somerset House, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Loose Baptist Church with works to commence St Pauls Church, Battersea and domestic properties in Clapham.
The Company has been awarded the concrete repair and coating contract to the 1970s constructed Phoenix Art Gallery in Brighton.
The Gallery is the largest artist-led organisation in the southeast with over 100 individual artists’ studios.
The works form the initial phase of the long awaited redevelopment scheme of the building and involve both structural and cosmetic concrete repairs followed by anticarbonation coatings to the facades, replacement of sealant and refurbishment of the metal framed windows.
The 20 week project is due for completion in August.
10 – 72 Sussex Square is a large private residential block in the heart of Bayswater constructed with a reinforced concrete frame clad with brickwork and glazed panels with projecting mosaic covered balconies to the front elevation.
Over the years there has been significant frost damage to the brickwork and failure of the mosaics to the balconies.
The property owners, the Church Commissioners of England, employed Structural Renovations Ltd to carry out an abseil survey to investigate the defects, establish the construction details and carry out testing of the concrete frame to assist in a feasibility study into over cladding the façade.
The survey was completed in late February and the report submitted in early March in time for the client’s team to review and prepare a scheme for the project that is to be carried out this summer.
The Company has recently completed a cut to falls insulation and waterproofing system to one of the existing concourse roofs at Uxbridge Underground Station.
The system consisted of tapered insulation board and Proteous Pro-Cold 1 part liquid applied roof membrane and was carried out during normal working hours with no disruption to passengers below.