Our team of metallurgists has vast experience in investigating failures and decay of historic metal elements and architectural features to more recent structures.
We have been involved in a number of projects including the failure investigation of one of the cast iron gates at Buckingham Palace, 12th century wrought iron work corrosion assessment at Canterbury Cathedral, fire damage assessment of the wrought iron at the Cutty Sark, the assessment of structure and re-bracing in the dry dock of HMS Great Britain, testing the wrought iron flag pole at the Houses of Parliament and the repair of the Shaftesbury Memorial statue, ‘Eros’.
At the Palm House at Kew Gardens, we supervised the repair or replacement of cast iron members such as pilasters and trusses and the repair or replacement of all dome glazing frames. Other works included complete re-glazing, improvements to the drainage system, a new external access system to the dome and removal and replacement of the original paint system.
More recently, we have been involved in the assessment of a Grade II* listed mid-century early aluminium curtain wall for which we also provided cleaning and repair recommendations. Other activities have included differentiating between wrought and cast irons.
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