SYMPATHETIC INTERVENTION – CLEANING & REMOVAL OF OFFENDING COATINGS
THE PATINA OF AGE AND THE EXPOSURE OF ORIGINAL TOOL MARKS ONCE HIDDEN
The slow, controlled and sympathetic removal of an offending paint coating has revealed the true character of the building and a charming stone surface that is once again, able to breathe. The exposed surface of the stone will allow the absorption and evaporation of moisture to take place harmlessly and will hopefully extend the life of the historic fabric.
Interestingly, the exercise did reveal original masons tool marks and a border finish to many of the coursing stone, detail and mouldings to window mullions, cusped heads and arches etc. and strong architectural lines and features are established.
The entrance is arguably more attractive and welcoming to visitors and guests to Trinity House and we hope the intervention enhances and embodies the spirit of this built heritage asset.
Trinity House understand and appreciate the historical and architectural values and significance of the buildings that form such a legacy and are keen to maintain, conserve, repair and where possible enhance this. They are true advocates and supporters of regular intervention that is tempered with good conservation practice and principles.
Continuing on from this particular scheme of work, plans in place for further work involving subtle repairs to the masonry comprising of re-pointing with traditional lime based mortars, decoration within the courtyard area with specialist microporous paints as well as repairs to defective lead rainwater pipes and hoppers etc. to maintain water circuitry.
Client: Trinity House
Listing: Grade I