Littlecroft, Green Lane, Wibtoft, Leicestershire.
Cement refacing and the remnants of the bricks behind the cement refacing had to be taken out.
The intervention was quite intrusive due to the soft bricks having lost their surface and due to the previous inappropriate repairs. Removing decayed bricks resulted in other adjacent bricks becoming loose and having to be rebedded.
All decayed brickwork was removed by hand tools where possible, but where wider horizontal brick joints allowed a brick saw was employed to take out the decayed and good bricks for replacement. Due to the general softness of the bricks it wasn't possible to take out the bricks and turn them round and use the back side, the back side was nearly as decayed as the face!
Over 300 reclaimed Leicestershire hand made bricks were used on the front elevation.
The finished work. All the front elevation was repointed using a lime putty mortar using local sands and a chalk aggregate. Due to the softness of the bricks curing the mortar was crucial to ensure the mortar carbonated properly. As well as the softness of the bricks causing problems, the use of cement mortars just compounded the problems; the mortar joints should always be softer than the historic fabric being worked on.
Brickwork Repointing, Swinford, Leicestershire
The rear elevations of this house in Leicestershire had been repointed in a cement mortar and the owner wanted it removed and a lime mortar put back.
The cement mortar was carefully taken out without damaging the bricks. The lime mortar was made from a putty lime and local sands to match the original. Care was taken not to get any lime mortar on the bricks to keep the bricks clean and to give the impression that the walls had not been repointed.
Repairs to Clarke's Bridge, Grantham Canal
Clarke's Bridge on the Grantham Canal
Client: British Waterways
Main Contractor: Galliford Try
Conservation Brick Repairs: David Sleight Conservation
This is a Listed Building: Grade II and Listed Building Consent was required.
Extensive repairs are being carried out to strengthen and improve the structure. A new concrete saddle has been placed to improve the weight bearing capacity for vehicular access. Brick repairs are being carried out involving rebuilding the parapets, repairs to the spandrels and the arch brickwork.
A matching hydraulic lime based mortar has been supplied and imperial sized hand made bricks have been sourced.These need to be carefully blended in with the existing brickwork while also following 'minimum intervention' principles where as many as possible of the original bricks are being kept in place. Only severely weathered bricks are considered for replacement.
The mortar joints of the new brickwork are given a weathered finish to enable this work to blend in with the existing structure ...
The decayed front face of the arch is removed and ready for reinstatement
Matching bricks are selected and carefully placed back into the structure using a matching lime mortar
Two mixers are used to ensure the hydraulic lime mortar mixes for 20 minutes
An information board explains the history and significance of the bridge
Kelmarsh Hall Kitchen Gardens
The Laurels, Walgrave
This house is made with soft machine made brick from the late 19th century. Due to structural movement within the structure, some of the gauged brick arches have slipped and pushed forward, due to debris dropping behind the arch.
The work involved repositioning, lifting and re-laying the arches. It also involved pinning, using stainless steel pins and grouting using a hydraulic lime based grout.
One of the guaged arches which had moved.