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Swinging Low at Winston Bridge

Swinging Low at Winston Bridge

Part of the works at Winston Bridge required specialist machinery to access the lower level areas.

Swinging Low at Winston Bridge

Queen Victoria Gets a Makeover

Queen Victoria Gets a Makeover

The statue of Queen Victoria is Grade II listed and located directly in front of South Shields Town Hall. The statue itself is made from bronze and it sits on a Granite Plinth.

Queen Victoria Gets a Makeover

Rosette Approval for DOFF Machine

Rosette Approval for DOFF Machine

St Astier has been awarded the Rosette for Stonehealth Approved Contractors of the DOFF Superheated Water Stone Cleaning Machine

Rosette Approval for DOFF Machine

Carville Compound

Carville Compound

Site offices at this motorway maintenance depot were accessed by a wooden walkway and ramp. The walkway was adjacent to the vehicular entrance and a barn containing road salt which was used by HGVs reversing in.

Carville Compound

Lindisfarne - Completed External Elevations

Lindisfarne - Completed External Elevations

The scaffolding is finally stripped on the South and East lower battery elevations to reveal the sneck harling finish.

Lindisfarne - Completed External Elevations

Lindisfarne - Main Stairway Lime Plastering Time-Lapse

Lindisfarne - Main Stairway Lime Plastering Time-Lapse

In our third retrospective, we look at one of our most challenging operations: lime plastering the main staircase to the upper battery.

Lindisfarne - Main Stairway Lime Plastering Time-Lapse

Lindisfarne - Sneck Harling to External Walls

Lindisfarne - Sneck Harling to External Walls

In the second of our retrospectives, a layer of lime harling is applied to all external walls of Lindisfarne Castle.

Lindisfarne - Sneck Harling to External Walls

Lindisfarne - Sneck Harling Trials

Lindisfarne - Sneck Harling Trials

Several trials were undertaken on the upper battery to determine the desired finish for the sneck harling.

Lindisfarne - Sneck Harling Trials

Lindisfarne - Packing and Pinning

Lindisfarne - Packing and Pinning

In order to create a hygral barrier, thermalite stone shards are pinned and set in mortar.

Lindisfarne - Packing and Pinning