Preparation for Rubble Wall Repointing

We continue to work on a variety of projects all over the North of England, some very big and others quite small – from castle facias to cottage walls. Here are some brief details about some of the work we have carried out recently. Please feel welcome to get in touch about any and all pointing, restoration and renovation projects – grand or small you’ll get the same friendly quality advice and service.

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Projects

Bradford Grammer School

Millholme have been responsible for the repointing of this historic school over the last 4 years, the pictures show the front elevation of the school. The mortar used was Natural Hydraulic Lime 3.5, the most suitable for the age and construction of the building, left with a neat and flush, yet slightly roughcast finish, in keeping with the original style and character of this impressive building. Repair works were also carried out to the concrete mullions and jambs as well as the structural pinning works to the parapet. With this being a busy school achieving tight deadlines really aren’t optional, after all construction work and school children aren’t the best mix. The school façade was duly sorted in the 5-week (holiday) time frame specified.

A completed Lime Pointing project
Crack repairs in progress

 

TSB Bank

This project saw us undertaking our specialist restoration work, concentrating on the repairs of badly eroded stone mouldings, the primary concern was ensure the fabric of the building was safe and that there would be no risk to the public, during or after completion of the work. This needed to be achieved whilst restoring this landmark building to its Victorian splendour; as can be seen intricate mouldings with neat crisp edges having replaced the dangerous crumbling stonework.

Crumbling stonework repair before
Crumbling stonework repair after

 

Northgate, Baildon

This property dates back to the 1800’s, when it was the bakery in Baildon. What started from a leak in the roof ended up resulting in a complete overhaul of the property. Deciding that as scaffolding was going to be erected for the roof work the proprietor decided to sort out all external matters at once and approached Millholme to project manage the work. This involved sorting out the scaffolding, skip hire, reroofing, insulating, repointing, sandblasting, cosmetic masonry work, reguttering and decorating. The end product is exceptional, all damp issues are now resolved and we were able to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the work that was carried out over a five week period; reducing the hassle for our busy client. See our restoration testimonials...

Stone pointing before
Stone pointing during
Stone pointing after

 

Myddelton Lodge, Ilkley

This grade 1 listed, ‘At Risk’ property, whose roots date back over 500 years, consists of a lodge, further living accommodation, and a chapel. A full repoint was completed, using a pigmented Natural Hydraulic Lime 5 and a sharp aggregate mortar; repair works were also carried out to the rear elevation brickwork panels, to achieve a constant stonework effect. Our work has not only improved the building aesthetically (in line with its Grade 1 listing) but has also ensured it is structurally able to withstand the elements for years to come.

Hydraulic_preparation
Natural hydraulic lime 3.5
Hydraulic lime mortar

 

Chapel Lofts, Morley

The façade of this building had been damaged over the years by poor (and inappropriate) maintenance and alterations, with a large number of mouldings and string courses having been lost. Through careful planning with the client a pleasing, balanced and durable effect was achieved with the use of replacement stone and plastic repairs. A full lime repoint was also carried out which further enhanced and protect the building.

Plastic repairs to stonework really makes a big difference
Plastic repairs to stonework night effect

 

Repointing of cottage walling

We happily take on jobs of all sizes and of varied levels of intricacy. Here a random wall had been spoilt and damaged by the use of cement rich pointing. The use of lime mortar has resulted in the rubble wall regaining its original character, the work we carried out considerably enhanced the property as a whole.

Random rubble showing bad repointing
Random rubble showing the correct repointin method

 

Silverwell Cottage, Ilkley moor

Render removal, stone cleaning and a full lime repointing was carried out to leave this former derelict farmhouse sympathetically restored. See our repointing testimonials...

Repointing lime mortar before
Repointing_lime_mortar_after

 

Sizergh Castle

A full Lime repointing was carried out to the castle as a previous repointing project was carried out using a sand and cement mortar, this trapped moisture in the wall and resulted in damp penetration internally, the lime mortar reintroduced breathability and allowed moisture to evaporate externally.

Castle lime pointing
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Heath House, Wakefield

This grand and imposing residence underwent a full repoint, using a cement free Natural Hydraulic Lime mortar, note. Great skill and care needed to be taken with the very fine joints on the black faced Ashler stonework to ensure no residue or staining occured, otherwise the overall effect would be lost. We also carried out plastic repairs to subtly restore the badly eroded mouldings and Ashler blocks to regain some of the lines and levels, so as not to give the impression of a major facelift.

an example of Ashlar repointing
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Some more examples of Restoration and Repair work

Repointing before and after

Preparation works before
Repointing works after

 

Eroded Ashler stonework, prepared and then repaired to the highest standards.

Preparation works before
Repointing works after
Preparation works before
Repointing works after

Seriously bad erosion of Ashler stonework, fully restored to it's former glory.

Repointing works after
Preparation works before

Full facade repairs, also showing some detail to Ashler stonework.

Repointing works after
Preparation works before

 

An example of a Plinth repair work and restored retaining the aged look.

Preparation works before
Repointing works after

HSBC full facade repair work, especially the reticulated stone work.

Repointing works after
Preparation works before
Repointing works after
Repointing works after

More HSBC work on the Ballusters, in progress and completion.

Repointing works after
Preparation works before

 

Preparation and repairs to eroded stone work.

Preparation works before
Repointing works after
Repointing works after
Repointing works after

 

Repointing of stonework and repointing to Milstone Grit.

Preparation works before
Repointing works after

 

We have a large collection of photographs in our portfolio. We will happily call out and talk you through the works we have carried out over the years, just get in touch.

 

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