April 2016

April showers, sun and snow have made site conditions both pleasant and challenging on various H+R projects during the month

High winds made cherrypicker deployment questionable in relation to the timber condition investigations at the most important and spectacular Thai Buddhist temple in the UK located in Wimbledon. The highly decorated and gilded finishes to the vertiginous timber gables demanded a great deal of discretion when deploying micro-bore drills

More project work in Scotland included damp and decay risk management investigations at Monzie Castle and Kenmore Kirk

The National Trust have appointed H+R as part of the team for the forthcoming major refurbishment of The Vyne and the structural timbers of the roof have now been investigated

H+R have also been appointed to undertake specialist render and penetrating damp investigations at Cherkley Court, until recently the home of the Beaverbrook family, owners of the Daily Express and famed as a bolt hole for Winston Churchill during the war. The Art Deco home cinema where he would watch Charlie Chaplin films is still in-situ together with Lalique glass light fittings

Other project works of particular interest included Gunnersbury Park (one of the largest roofscapes H+R have investigated only exceeded in size by Swaylands House in Kent back in 2002), The Sergeants Mess at Colchester Garrison, Eagle House in Wimbledon, 26 Kensington Gate, Broughton Castle and a listed hostel in Belsize Park!