One Bayshill Road - PAYE
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One Bayshill Road

One Bayshill Road

PAYE Conservation were invited to come to the aid of a project which had begun to go disastrously wrong. An irresponsible developer had taken on the restoration and conversion of two large typically styled Regency Villas in the heart of Cheltenham town centre and was failing in its duty to maintain and enhance these Grade II listed buildings. Works had been ordered to cease on this project as a result of intervention from the local council, with concerns rising over the damage that was occurring to these imposing structures.

Whilst not in our usual ‘catchment zone’ of London and the South East, the project was negotiated, and both the new developer and conservation architects were well known to us. This made the prospect of working further away than we would normally expect to, much more appealing and in turn gave the design team confidence that this time the work would be completed correctly.

On arrival, it was evident that damage had occurred in localised areas across the entire building and a number of unacceptable repairs had then been undertaken. Widescale removal of the previous roman cement render had been completed with inappropriate force and as a result had caused the brick substrate behind it to shatter dramatically in several locations.

Brick replacements had been completed with inappropriate engineering bricks set with hard cementicious mortars – a far cry from the soft handmade bricks which formed the original structure set in soft lime mortars. Our team of craftspeople addressed all of these failings introducing soft handmade bricks set into lime mortar. Sympathetic reinforcement was introduced where necessary and a range of repairs completed far above and beyond the previous standards to make the substrate stable.

Once secure, we undertook approximately 750m2 of external lime rendering works and completed in the region of 150m2 of internal rendering using a Hemp lime mortar. The benefit of hemp lime is it’s course but light structure, which also has great insulating properties. All external render was formed to mirror the rustication and struck ashlar seen on adjacent properties.