Repair and Restoration

Former Offices York


This end of terrace property, circa 1847 was latterly used as commercial offices and lies within the York Central Historic Core Conservation Area and also the City Centre Area of Archaeological Interest. As a result of nearby ground excavation and de-watering works, the property suffered a high degree of subsidence and movement, particularly to the gable wall which began to pull away from the adjoining structure. Internally, the structure was severely affected with damage caused to features such as the staircase which had become detached from its supporting wall, decorative mouldings, plaster cornices and the like. The building had to be evacuated with heavy duty steel shoring put in place externally to stop further lateral movement with internal propping erected to keep ceilings, floors and staircase in place whilst further monitoring works continued.

Holland Brown were appointed to carry out a full measured survey of the property which included appraising its condition and recording existing features to ensure that it would be repaired sympathetically. The proposals involved the taking down of the roof, entire gable wall and around a third of the front and rear elevations, with rebuilding works re-using existing materials wherever possible. Walls were rebuilt off new foundations, working upwards sequentially, floor by floor. Damaged features were reinstated where necessary as per the recorded details. The proposal was to convert the property back to a domestic dwelling with the inclusion of painted metal railings and gate to the front to enhance the street elevation.

A planning application with supporting design statement was prepared and submitted to the Local Authority to cover the rebuilding works and proposed change of use.

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