|Client:||St Mary the Virgin Church|
|Location:||Ramsgill, Harrogate, N. Yorkshire|
The historic village church of St Mary the Virgin, built in 1842 with 750mm thick rubble-filled stone walls, was suffering from vertical cracking on the south and west facing elevations of the clock tower. Following inspection this was determined to be the result of water ingress at the string course level.
These faults had caused compaction of the rubble infill leading to bulging of the outer leaf stonework of up to 25mm on the masonry panels beneath the clock and causing cracking in the corner buttress. The south elevation exhibited the worst of the defect, possibly accentuated by thermal expansion and contraction due to its orientation.
Due to the age and picturesque nature of the church in its scenic rural setting, it was essential that the structural repairs, to stabilise the tower and restore structural integrity, were sympathetic and retained the building’s aesthetics. Due to its experience and expertise in repairing historic buildings, Helifix’s proven systems, with their concealed installation, were chosen as being the most effective and economical means of providing a long term reliable solution.
Using a combination of fully grouted stainless steel CemTies and HeliBars, a repair programme was devised to consolidate the masonry, stabilise the tower and restore structural integrity.
Once the string course had been re-flashed, to prevent further water ingress, and repointing was carried out, the concealed sympathetic repairs left the tower fully stabilised and visibly unaltered.