Maritime Museum, Hull

Maritime Museum, HullThe Challenge This £12m Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment project to transform Hull’s Grade II* listed Maritime Museum would require extensive remodelling to convert it from the existing single floor museum to a larger three-storey museum with a central light well and access to the roof top dome with a panoramic view across the city. As part of the project the brick walls of the subterranean basement would be lined with a cavity wall membrane system to control moisture movement and water ingress. This would then be finished with …

Guildhall, York

Guildhall, YorkThe Challenge The ambitious and challenging £21.7m project to refurbish and remodel York’s 15th-century Guildhall and adjoining building required heritage building materials that would complement the existing structure. The Guildhall complex is owned by City of York Council and is made up of Grade I, II* and II listed buildings built around a large 15th Century Guild Hall. The building had suffered significant bomb damage during the second world war and received only reactive repairs since it was reopened in the 1960s, putting the building’s future at risk. The …

Debunking Damp in Ageing Housing Stock

Damp can be a persistent problem in older properties if not tackled correctly. With much of the UK’s social housing provision coming from the repurposing of older properties. One of the biggest challenges for local authorities and housing associations is finding cost effective ways of keeping damp at bay.

Limelite: Taking Stock of Social Housing Plaster Pains

Social housing is a valuable and sizable component of UK housing stock, providing much-needed shelter to families across the country. However, due to lack of funding compared to the private sector, cost is often a key purchasing trigger when specifying building materials. Plaster is one of the most extensively used materials, yet compromising quality over cost can lead to long term property maintenance issues. Here, Tom Emery, Specification Coordinator for Tarmac’s Limelite range, puts forward the case for alternative plaster use in social housing.

Flooding – Time to Reconsider Plaster Choice?

Flood damage is costing homeowners, local authorities, and landlords hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in repair costs, despite the fact that specifying a more suitable plaster could provide a long-lasting solution for flood risk properties.

The Forgotten Solution: Renovating Plaster

The UK plaster market has been heavily shaped in the last 50 years by the rise in predominance of both gypsum plaster and plasterboard. Quick to install and cheap to buy, they have become the go-to solution for plasterers up and down the country. However, this dominance has led to their perception as a one-size-fits-all solution. As such, they are often used ahead of more appropriate solutions in some commonly occurring situations.

St Pancras Station

Limelite Heritage Mortars and Grouts to help restore St Pancras station buildings to their Victorian splendour.

St Paul’s Cathedral

A monumental restoration project for the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral spanning 15 years and costing £40 million. It was the first comprehensive restoration project that the Cathedral has gone through and this extensive cleaning, repair and renovation programme was one of the largest of its kind ever in the UK.

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