Finkle Street, Richmond
The full restoration of this prominent building in Richmond was completed in three phases. After a deliberate and substantial fire swept through three commercial properties we were initially appointed to remove the debris to allow for a full assessment of the damage by a Structural Engineer. On completion of this phase we were appointed to carry out the proposed reinstatement of the roof and associated works and the internal fit out. The building is a prominent feature of the town; built in 1907 with a small tower and an iconic cupola which was destroyed as a result of the fire.
We worked closely with the client and tenants to achieve the quality and excellence required from a restoration project. The client recognised that the building required additional items adding to the project and as such requested to have a full window replacement throughout. This would be beneficial in the long term not only to the tenants but given the age and distinction of the building it was felt that new and improved windows would be in keeping with the restoration work being carried out. The previously unoccupied first and second floors were opened up and restored adding value for the Client, enabling them to offer further space suitable to rent. The iconic cupola was so severely damaged that a full replacement was required. It was assumed that the original had been constructed using lead. However on inspection this was not the case. In keeping with the building’s prominence and age it was decided that we would construct a new timber dome which included a traditional lead covering. The refurbishment has greatly enhanced the building and the careful and sympathetic restoration work has been recognised by the public and residents of Richmond.