Week 23 has been really busy with lots happening all over the Town Hall.
The stone repairs are ongoing, this week repairs started on the stone archways in the Lower Hall. Architects had noticed large cracks in the stone around many of the window archways before the project began, so this was always going to be a key stage in the stone repairs. Why were the stones cracking? What meant they couldn’t support their weight any longer? Once some of the facing stones were removed, some rotten timbers were uncovered and a lot of stones had shifted over the years – maybe the answer to the cracking stones wasn’t stones at all! This stage of the stone repair is very important. The timbers are being supported with new timbers to ensure the stability of the wall once the stones are restored.
At attic level, plasterers are removing old plaster and lathe on the cornice and stripping paint. Much like the walls, many of the timbers are too old, damaged or rotten to support new plaster and stand the test of time, so new timber supports, cornice supports and lathes have been made and put in place ready for the new plaster.
Also at attic level, re-slating has been continuing on the South & West elevations.
Copper strips for lightning protection to the roof has been installed. This goes all the way around the roof.
In the lower hall, the ‘birdcage’ scaffold has been finished and the biggest news is that the pillars in the lower hall have been shot blasted to remove all layers of paint. Project Manager Rob was pleased that the columns were in excellent condition under all those layers of paint. The columns have now been painted with red primer paint – they wont be this colour when the building opens!
All in all a busy week!