Our Specialist Restoration Team under took this project in March 2013. The building was a Grade II Listed Building in Rossendale Lancashire. The building was to be used as a childrens home, it was previously a family home. We under took the Lime Pointing work & Stone Cleaning on the project.
The first job was to use our Specialist Low Pressure Cleaning System to clean the internal stonework.
Once to stonework had been cleaned there was parts of the internal stonework that required work. Some of the old internal doorways required rebuilding as the new layout of the listed building in Rossendale Lancashire did not meet new fire regulations.
Our Restoration team used a Hydraulic lime based mortar for the rebuilding works. Stone was available for the re-building work from other areas of the site. We also installed mechanical ties to existing stonework. The new stonework was raked out and was to be lime pointed at a later date.
Our Historic Building Conservation team also replaced areas of stonework on the two chimney breasts on the gable elevation. As the Grade 2 Listed Building had not much restoration work done previously there was areas of the stonework that required re-building.
The team used a Hydraulic Lime Mortar for the repairs to the stonework. We did have to install a block pillar to the gable elevation to support some chimney stonework. We again used a Hydraulic lime based mortar for this.
The Grade 2 Listed Building had 2 large chimney breasts to the gable elevation. The fireplaces are now not in use and the chimneys have been capped. We always find that where a chimney is constructed out of stonework and lime mortar there is always lime decay in the lime mortar. This also occurs on the external elevation, these areas of stonework also require deep filling to protect from water ingress.
The internal stone party wall was raked out of the original decayed lime mortar using hand tools. We used a Hydraulic lime mortar to re-point the stone wall. A local sharp sand was sourced and mixed with Hydraulic lime, the lime mortar was mixed on site using our paddle mixer. The lime pointing was beaten back the next day using a stiff churn brush.
One of our Conservation Team Lime Pointing the stonework on the grade II listed building in Lancashire. We used a Hydraulic Lime mortar for the lime pointing. Some of the random rubble stonework needed to be fill before the wall was lime pointed. Other areas of the stonework had to be rebuilt by our skilled stonemasons. Our conservation masons are highly skilled with years of experiance and working some of the countries best building.
We undertake lime pointing all over the UK but in areas such as lancashire, yorkshire, cumbria, lake district, northumberland.
After our masons had rebuilt areas of the chimney the skilled lime pointers under took the pointing works to the chimney breast. This period grade 2 listed building was under going a restoration program to be converted.
The random rubble stone wall pointed in lime mortar is a excellent example of how lime mortar should be done. Once the lime pointing was finished the main contractor converted the room into 2 bedrooms. Internal timber stud walls were erected and plaster boarded. A modern gypsum plaster was used for the skimming.