December 2019

In sympathy with the particular time of year, H+R’s workload in the month featured more than the usual amount of ecclesiastical buildings.  Notable amongst them was the Church of St Michael le Belfrey in York where H+R were tasked with understanding the constructional nature of the timber roof and also its condition to inform the forthcoming refurbishment.  The H+R team worked successfully at a significant height of 40 feet from within the body of the church having set up their own means of access and saving the client a considerable sum as a result.  In addition, condition surveys were undertaken to inform the refurbishment of the remarkable Danish Church in London

Work started on another private house in Belgrave Square making a total of seven to date.  Belgrave Square is relatively unusual in that many of the houses are still in single private occupation rather than being sub-divided

Work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continued with specialist plaster condition assessments relating to damp and decay both on-site in London but also in assessing samples sent from buildings overseas

A survey including an environmental study was undertaken over several days at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh

More contemporary structures included an audit of condition at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Marylebone, London and, remarkably, also at HMP Lewes where the inmates were not too perturbed by the presence of Pip the dry rot search dog in their midst!