November 2017

Condition Survey for the Colchester Garrison Building H

November has traditionally been a very busy mouth for H+R and no let-up was experienced this year

We were pleased to see our work at Apothecaries Hall featured in the IHBC Context magazine.  Dry rot infection was a serious issue that H+R resolved where ‘traditional’ chemical treatments had been a destructive and expensive failure

New projects of interest included the impressive Old Malthouse in Canterbury which is being converted into a performing arts centre for a school.  H+R have been providing focussed remedial strategies for the architect and structural engineer as well as the contractor.  It was a pleasure to work on the listed stone pavilion at the RAC sports centre where previous consultants had been a mixed blessing.  H+R were also called in by a national developer to risk assess mould growth to new build timber frame buildings.  This is becoming a growth area for the company as our independent and construction aware experience is valued highly

A return to the old Officers Quarters at the Royal Arsenal Woolwich was unexpected.  The building had remained in a challenging condition ever since our last survey in 2007!  Snagging visits to Colchester Garrison, a full survey of the Malt Warehouse in Gloucester and a return to Winchester City Mill for the National Trust culminated in our annual attendance at the Historic Houses Association AGM and Historic Buildings, Parks and Gardens Exhibition.  This year was the swansong of Wilson the Rothound who is due to retire in 2018

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