Client: Major UK University
Services: Building Surveying

aed were appointed by the Estates Department of The University of Reading to eradicate an extensive outbreak of dry rot that had developed within the rear elevation of this grade II* building. This included opening up large amounts of the historic building fabric to reveal the extent of the outbreak followed by chemical treatment to all exposed timbers and masonry to kill the dry rot fungus. Structural repairs to the majority of internal timbers were also required to ensure the building could be returned to a structurally safe condition.

 

The dry rot had spread extensively through the building and had decayed many of the internal structural timbers resulting in the partial collapse of floors and cracking appearing throughout the property. Remedial repairs were required to stabilise the property and complete the required remedial repairs in a safe and controlled manner.

 

The property is grade II* listed therefore any opening up or remedial repairs required detailed discussions and negotiations with the Local Authority and English Heritage. aed chaired meetings and held negotiations with English Heritage on the need to complete scheduled repairs but retain as much of the historic fabric as possible. Repairs were completed in a sensitive manner using historic lime plasters and replacement timbers wherever possible.

 

Challenges:
• Structurally weakened property due to decay of floor joists and tie beams.
• Grade II* listed building requiring English Heritage involvement.
• Multiple contractors working within the same site.
• No lighting, electricity, water supplies or heating within the property.
• Working in close proximity to occupied buildings.

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