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Client : Keepmoat Property Services
Value : Circa £450,000
Completion Date : March 09, 2018

Caroline Gardens in Asylum Road is the largest surviving almshouse complex in London and is Grade II listed.  The almshouses were built in the early 19th century and, together with the gardens, very pleasing on the eye.  Looking from the road through the iron railings it’s possible to see a row of small houses with a central portico supported by ionic columns which is the entrance to the chapel.  There is a wing at right angles on either side that form a ‘U’ around a garden, and behind, separated by another garden, are further rows of terraced houses also built to form a ‘U’.  There are a total of 175 two-storey houses on the site and Barwin were employed to work alongside English heritage ensuring the sympathetic restoration of these dwellings which was not to be detriment of their character, historic importance or charm.

Barwin Property Services undertook a full survey to the front and rear of each property to identify what was required individually to each property, Barwin then undertook the following works:

Brick repointing:
After mortar analysis had taken place included we carefully removed the defective areas of the pointing and replaced them in new lime mortar (as per the analysed original) finished in a style to match the original profile.

Brick replacement:
After utilising our brick matching knowledge we sourced bricks to match the existing exactly, we carefully removed and replaced hundreds of bricks on various facades.

Stone restoration:
Our skilled masons were able to restore in situ many of the damaged or errored stone features back to the original profile and finish to blend seamlessly with the original stone surrounds.

Stone replacement:
Some of the stone features required full replacement or piece in repair our masons on site skilfully worked the stone to match the original profile and details.

Brick stitching and crack repairs:
Due to the original footings failing a lot of the buildings had moved and as a result the cracks had appeared in the brickwork. With our expertise as Helifix approved and trained installers we invisibly repaired these cracks and made good the brickwork to ensure that these building remained structurally sound for many years to come.