|Location:||Noke, near Oxford|
A Grade II listed early 18th Century stone built thatched cottage was suffering from cracking, outward movement and bowing of the front elevation. The challenge was to find a sympathetic and reliable repair solution that would not compromise the building's structural integrity and also satisfy the scrutiny of the local conservation officer.
The on-going outward movement was due to the loss of lateral restraint for the 500mm thick stone wall caused by historic alterations, extension works and general aging. This had resulted in the loss of bearing for many of the first floor joists and cracking on an internal wall above a created opening.
The slim, flexible and non-disruptive nature of the repair products and their concealed installation techniques, combined with Helifix's considerable heritage experience, overcame the officer's concerns.
On completion of the work the listed cottage was fully stabilised without affecting its aesthetic appearance.