Following the restoration of the building in Beaminster Square due to damage created by the cash point raid in 2018, the Town Council has received an update from the Structural Engineer team coordinating the efforts.
Their updates as follows:
Progress thus far:
CG Fry have constructed the new solid stone wall up to the 3 steel needles which are currently supporting the retained stonework to the gable at height and the structure of the 2nd floor.
The original external fire-place has been recovered from the rubble and reconstructed into the new external gable wall. The works planned for the next four weeks are to construct the stone-work around the needles and to then repair the damaged inner face of stone-work in the attic to tie the gable together.
The next phases of works are as follows:
- Works to join the retained external gable wall to the new stone wall by reconstructing the inner skin of the retained gable which has collapsed and fractured internally.
- Repair the front left hand column next to the shop front involving reconfiguring the scaffold design and inserting supporting plates into the structure.
- Re-point the retained gable and the chimney above the infill level.
- General repairs to the front of the property. Once complete the scaffold can be dropped.
- Internal repairs and re-instatement.
Works will be continuous with CG Fry’s site foreman and masons working on the building until completion.
We are unable to extend the external works beyond October / November due to frost and damage to the lime mortar. The aim will be to complete the external works and drop the scaffold. We will provide a date for the dropping of the scaffold as the programme of works continue, a further update will be provided at the end of August when we hope to be able to confirm the external completion date.
As always, should you have any queries about the progress thus far, please contact the Beaminster Town Council team on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01308 863634, or pop into the office in the Public Hall in Fleet Street.