Structural Renovations are currently at the iconic Grade II listed Bush House in London. Repairs to the concrete soffits and concrete encased steel beams and columns, along with waterproofing to the retaining walls within the basement are being undertaken using Sika and Flexcrete materials.
Bush House, which was home to the BBC World Service for over 70 years, was commissioned and designed in 1919, planned as a major new trade centre and designed by American architect Harvey Wiley Corbett.
The building’s opening ceremony on 4th July 1925 included the unveiling of two statues at the entrance made by American artist Malvina Hoffman. The statues symbolise Anglo-American friendship which bears the inscription “To the friendship of English speaking peoples.”
Built from Portland stone, Bush House was in 1929 declared the “most expensive building in the world,” built at a cost of around £2,000,000.
The building is currently undergoing a period of refurbishment and due to the basements current use the works must be coordinated effectively to accommodate the tenants as well as meeting the strict programme deadlines.
Salters Hall is the home of the Worshipful Company of Salters & is 9th in precedence within the Livery Companies of the City of London.The original building was bombed during a German air raid in 1941 and the Company moved to its current location in 1976, following the completion of a new building to the designs of the renowned architect, Sir Basil Spence. This unusual structure, built in the Brutalist style, was listed in 2010 & carries Grade II status.We were employed to complete both cosmetic and structural repairs to various parts of the building, which is currently undergoing its 1st major refurbishment since construction.Using high strength mortars we were able to maintain the structural integrity, where required. The design of the exterior of the building includes extensive knapped rib and texturing, which have been replicated, by hand, using lightweight mortars.We will return later in the year to apply a pigmented anti-carbonation coating to both repaired and unrepaired areas of concrete.The hall is currently closed and is due to re-open in 2016.Note: We have repaired and coated another Sir Basil Spence commission. Please see our project profile for The Friends Meeting House.
We have just completed the 1st phase of external repairs & coatings to the concrete & render together with painting & decoration of other areas at the Beaux Arts Building in North London.
It was built in 1932 as a Money Order Office for the Post Office and was designed in a classical Edwardian style. The nature of the work meant that the employees needed a lot of natural light to see the addresses and read type, hence the great expanse of windows.
The building was converted into flats in 1994, which contain high ceilings, galleries and amazing rooftop views of Holloway.
Remaining phases will include concrete & render repairs, protective coatings, painting & decorating, window replacement and liquid applied roof membranes.
We recently completed the application of a fast curing, waterproof flooring system to a 1st floor walkway at a care home in Margate, Kent.
Prior to the application of the new surface materials part of the L- shaped walkway timber deck was replaced, to address an historical issue with insufficient drainage falls.
As the care home was to remain in operation throughout the works it was imperative to the client that the new flooring system was installed in the shortest possible time-frame.
A specification was developed by RPM Belgium to use the Vulkem Quick Membrane System, encompassing a primer (which is also able to be applied directly to timber), joint reinforcement, a 2mm membrane incorporating natural quartz aggregate and a coloured sealer/topcoat.
Available in range of colours and finishes, the system is ready for use 1 hour after completion and can be applied at temperatures below 0°C.
Please contact us at our Head Office for further details, or to arrange a site survey….
Works are continuing at River Court in Taplow. We have been employed to carry out remedial works to the private balconies to the five blocks that make up River Court.
Our works include concrete and render repairs, the introduction of movement joints using Helifix Movement Joint kits and the application of Flexcrete anti-carbonation coatings to the balcony walls and soffits and Proteus waterproof membranes to the balcony decks.
Please check our twitter feed www.twitter.com/SRL_London for further information and before and after photos once completed.
Mason House dates back to 1737 and has listed status. The luxury night club operates within the vaults beneath street level and has recently been refurbished to resemble a masonic temple.
We were appointed, as main contractor, to rectify what has been an ongoing damp ingress issue within the administrative area of the club.
The existing waterproof render system was removed to expose the original brickwork beneath. This needed localised repairs and was then levelled using Flexcrete Monomix and Monolevel RM providing a suitable substrate for 2 coats of Flexcrete Cementitious Coating 851 to be applied. Once cured, this thin coat waterproof system was able to be decorated.