Archive for October, 2009

Oct 26

Premier Heritage has recently completed a timber condition and defect survey of historic Worsley Court House in Salford, Manchester close to the Bridgwater Canal.

Worsley Court House was constructed on the site of the old village stocks and completed in early 1849, soon after on the 4th August the first court hearing was held where two local men were accused of fishing on the Bridgwater Canal and on the private fishing ponds of the Earl of Ellesmere. They were apparently found in the possession of a large eel and a 6lb carp, with one of the men found guilty and allegedly fined two pounds, a lot of money in those days!

Although operating as a Court until 1908, the building has been used in many ways over the years and has served as the Town Hall, as well as being used for public functions, dances and concerts, in some way fulfilling the function of the village hall. In 1973 it was purchased by the Salford District Council and is now a distinguished venue for weddings, public meetings and other private functions.

Despite its traditional external black and white timber framing and decorative gabled walls the Court House is a purely Victorian building with lavish internally panelled walls and a huge fireplace.

The building, which is now Grade II Listed,  has been extensively extended over the years with numerous wings being added, however like many buildings of its age and construction it is vulnerable to the affects weathering and dampness and over the past decade or so; various structural timbers have had to be replaced due to fungal decay.

Premier have undertaken a detailed survey of the timber framing, which included the use of the Micro Drilling system and well as conventional survey techniques to advise on the on incidence to timber decay and future repair strategies.

Front entrance to the Worsley Court House

Front entrance to the Worsley Court House

 

Non destructive detection of timber decay

Non destructive detection of timber decay

More conventional decay detection of a corner post

More conventional decay detection of a corner post

The timber panelled wall of the Oak room

The timber panelled wall of the Oak room

Closer inspection reveals wet rot decay to decorative timbers

Closer inspection reveals wet rot decay to decorative timbers

Oct 15

Paul Carter of Premier Heritage was delighted to be informed that he had won the recent photographic competition held by the Property Care Association (PCA). The PCA, which incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), had held a competition to find some of the most interesting photos from within the property care industry. The winning photograph taken by Paul, was one of two entered and shows what is commonly referred to as plaster fungus, it is however a specie of non wood rotting fungi called ‘Ink Cap Fungus’ (Coprinus spp), a fungi that develops on wet brickwork, plaster or timber.

‘Ink Cap’ fungus growing on the underside of timber lintel

‘Ink Cap’ fungus growing on the underside of a timber lintel

The winning photograph shows the fungi development on a large timber oak lintel.  Our other entry,  Peziza spp,  was taken in a fire damaged farmhouse that had been saturated as a consequence of extinguishing the fire and its continued exposure to the weather.

Peziza; plaster fungus development on saturated ceiling plaster

Peziza; plaster fungus development on saturated ceiling plaster

These pictures along with other entries can be seen in the current publication of the industry magazine ‘Property Care’.

Oct 01

Micro Drilling for the Structural Assessment of Timber.  

What is Micro Drilling?

Micro drilling is a non-destructive timber investigation technique allowing the structural assessment of timbers and areas that can be hidden or obstructed by decorative finishes or plasterwork and can allow for cost effective care and repair of buildings without the loss of building fabric, which is extremely important when dealing with period or buildings of historic interest.

The Micro Drill cuts a fine 1mm probe into the timber to be investigated and through measuring the speed of penetration, records variations and defects in the timber caused by insect attack, fungal decay or other defects to a computer or field printer, allowing accurate assessment of the timber without the need for full destructive opening up.

The video below  shows Paul Carter putting the Micro Drill through its paces….

 

This system of non-destructive timber investigation is of benefit when trying to assess the condition of built in timbers such as truss ends, bearer beams and lintels etc. and can also be used for large dimension joinery timbers. The system can be of great value to Architects, Engineers and Surveyors when proposing conversion, refurbishment and repair schemes of period and historic buildings as it allows minimal interference and the ability to provide conservation approaches to the repair strategy.

To arrange a timber survey through Premier Heritage click here or call 0800 0 199 211

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