Emmanuel Church Structural Renovations

Emmanuel Church

Structural Renovations recently completed structural repairs and associated works to a 1950s church in southwest London.

This Anglican church which is part of the Diocese of Southwark was built to serve the expanding post war residential area of Morden and North Cheam and is constructed from brickwork with large reinforced concrete window frames, the latter of which, after 7 decades required extensive repair both internally and externally.

Following the installation of suitable protection scaffolding was carefully erected behind the alter within the church and externally at each end of the building to provide a safe means of accessing the working areas.

All concrete was inspected, with defects being marked up for removal following agreement with Church’s structural engineer. Once the defective concrete had been removed all exposed reinforcement was mechanically cleaned to remove any build-up of corrosion, before being fully protected with the specified materials (Fosroc Limited). The prepared defects had temporary formwork fixed prior to reinstatement to the original surface profile, using a hand placed polymer modified mortar. All internal concrete repairs were finished using a colour-matched mortar, so as not to be obvious to the congregation.

Once the repairing was complete, we replaced a number of previously damaged coloured glass panes, before preparing and redecorating all Crittal window frames. All external concrete was coated using a pigmented anti-carbonation coating. Previously coated woodwork was also repaired and redecorated.

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