We were appointed to restore Sailors Palace, an historic Grade II listed building, managing its conversion into 26 flats and a Chinese community centre. Featuring intricate detailing and decorative stonework, the project required traditional craft techniques and careful management to restore this largely neglected historic building to its former glory. This included an extensive programme of water cleaning to stonework, assisted with bristle brushes and calcium carbonate medium pressure abrasive stone cleaning systems, together with sympathetic good quality stone/plastic repairs.
Restoration of the building fabric was carried out under the watchful eye of both English Heritage and conservation officers, with tenants remaining in situ on this phased 44-week project. Liaising closely with tenants groups, works included external enveloping, internal major repairs and conversion of shared units into individual flats to meet current regulations. Original detailing was retained where possible; the swept valleys and diminishing courses of the 1901 Westmoreland slate roof, steel windows repaired in situ and leaded lights entirely replaced using salvaged obscured glass where possible - materials and workmanship hopefully befitting a palace - albeit a sailor’s palace!