Project 18Ormond Updates
Big strides have been made during October/November repointing the yellow brick facades of 18 Ormond Quay using a traditional pointing technique knowing as ‘wigging’. This process takes place after the brick has been cleaned and decayed bricks have been replaced as necessary.
So what is ‘wigging’? >>>
The scaffolding has risen at 18 Ormond Quay, allowing us the first opportunity to inspect the pebbledashed facades at close quarters. The mid 20th-century dashing is concealing structural defects at parapet level and on the side elevation. This has necessitated its removal and a thorough assessment of the underlying 1840s brickwork, which was originally designed to be exposed.
Work has continued apace during July with the digging out of the basement floor to gain additional headroom. The majority of the existing floor level in the basement was made of non-original layers that had been added since the building was largely rebuilt in 1843. Remarkably, trill puits revealed that the masonry walls extended at least one metre below the 20th-century concrete screed, likely extending back to the first building on the site in the 1680s.
To the upper floors,
Opening-up works have begun at 18 Ormond Quay in advance of major structural works starting in June.
This allows for the structural condition of elements such as floor joists, plaster ceilings and the roof structure to be assessed and to help inform the wider structural design strategy for the building ...