Newton Specialist Basement Contractor (NSBC) Trace Basements was named the winner of the Property Care Association Project of the Year 2014 for upgrading a listed timber frame building.
Trace were originally instructed by the client to ascertain the nature, design, general condition and state of repair of some reported damp defects at ground floor in an existing farm house. It should be noted that the property was not listed at that time.
Once an initial survey had been undertaken and separate to the damp issues initially reported by the client, it became apparent that partial areas dating from the time of earliest construction were of oak timber frame with later added external render over that where partially exposed, the timber members had decay evident
Timber Frame Investigation
The Timber Frame was subsequently exposed and inspected to establish the extent of decay. Additionally, the structure was found to includewattle and daub panels, which were also showing significant deterioration.
The timber repairs were specified as detailed in the following pages and, being located near to a local farm shop, generated much public interest, including that of the local Conservation Officer.
The specification in respect of the oak included a combination of traditional oak replacement and jointing, and repair using modern methods that involved fitting new oak sections secured with secret high tensile steel rods in resin bonding materials, with that method allowing retention of a large percentage of original oak that with traditional methods would otherwise have called for more total replacement with new oak.
Property Becomes Newly Listed
Prior to commencement of the oak repairs and at the point when separate ‘damp proofing’ works had been completed to the later added extensions of the farm house, the Conservation Officer managed to secure a listing on the property and the works were briefly postponed.
Trace reviewed the proposals on behalf of the client with the Conservation Officer and works were allowed to progress with a view to the client obtaining Listed Building Consent retrospectively.
Combining Modern and Traditional Repair Techniques
This was a very challenging project that managed to restore/rescue a hidden structure of historical importance.
The Conservation officer (CO) referred to the structure as a flagship property acting as an example of timber frame construction in the local area, and commented “this project will be a good case study of how to use a combination of modern and traditional repair techniques”.
Newton Waterproofing Systems congratulate Trace on this prestigious award