Back in December, we reported on the fire restoration project taking place following a blaze at Shuttington House near Tamworth (See Restoring a Family Home Destroyed by Fire). We’re pleased to say that work is well underway to restore the property.
The original scaffolding, which afforded the building a level of protection from the elements, had to be replaced with one that would better serve the construction phase. Mercer Building Solutions have been on site since January, and work has now been progressing well for several months.
Once the fire-damaged elements of the building were removed, there was nothing left above the first-floor ceiling level. The priority was to make the building watertight. A new second floor was introduced which give the contractors a safe working platform. This new floor enabled walls, gables and chimney stacks to been reinstated. Steelwork, timbers and prefabricated roof trusses are all now in place, and the property will soon be felted and covered in slate.
Work has been progressing on other elements of the project too. A new lift pit was excavated and cast and the new lift shaft has been formed well into the second-floor space.
The footings are also in position for the new extension to the dwelling. However, this cannot progress too far until the current scaffolding has been taken down.
The Workshop Ashby have begun to manufacture the additional flight of stairs over the main staircase as well as the replacement secondary staircase.
Looking ahead, Mercers have been working with our clients to confirm kitchen layouts, sanitary ware, floor finishes, paint schemes and external finishes.
It is hoped the work will be completed, ready for our clients to move back in, by the end of September.