|Client:||Live Theatre Trust|
|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Approved Installer:||St Astier|
Live Works is an important £10m scheme, by Live Theatre, with a quayside frontage close to the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle. This major redevelopment will incorporate high quality offices facing the river and a landscaped garden area, with a public performance space, surrounded by a variety of different styles of building, including a Grade II listed almshouse.
Built in 1820, the almshouse, which is to be converted into a new young people's writing centre, was suffering from both internal and external cracking to its solid masonry caused by historic settlement.
The cracking needed to be sympathetically stitched, with minimum disruption to the building fabric. In addition, internal masonry had to be reinforced to enable the removal of the chimney breasts on the ground and first floors and the installation of steel beams to support the retained chimney stacks.
The conservation architect for this project was Ces Maddison of Tench Maddison Ash Architects.
Having undertaken a structural survey, crack stitching using bonded HeliBars was proposed to restore the building's structural integrity.
Once the external cut slots had been repointed and the wall lime washed there was no evidence of the crack repairs that had been carefully undertaken and the listed almshouse retained its aesthetic appeal.