John Mowlem has been appointed management contractor for the £9.5 million first phase of the repair and restoration of the Albert Memorial in London. The full cost of repairs could reach £14 million. CONSTRUCTION NEWS
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PAVING THE WAY: Paye Stonework is cleaning and repairing more than 3,000 sq m of paving and steps around the Albert Memorial in London. Paye's pounds500,000 contract with main contractor John Mowlem is part of a pounds11 million restoration programme of the memorial for English Heritage.
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Mowlem is in the final stages of a challenging £7 million contract to restore London's Albert Memorial to its former glory.
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6 December 1990CNPLUS
There is no greater monument to Victorian Gothic eccentricity than the Albert Memorial in London's Kensington Gardens. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott as a tribute from Queen Victoria to her consort Albert when he died in the middle of the last century. With money no object and the favour of the British monarch at stake, Sir Gilbert concentrated his mind and came up with a 55 m high structure consisting of an arched canopy supported on four masonry columns. Cannons captured during the Crimean War were melted down to provide the memorial's centrepiece - a bronze statue of Prince Albert.Around the base of the monument are Italian marble statues representing engineering, manufacturing, commerce and agriculture, while the eight sciences are represented in bronze further up the spire. Another four statues - four Christian virtues and four moral virtues - are sculpted in cast copper.The different materials used in both the statues and the structure itself are only now being discovered as the memorial undergoes major restoration. The Department of the Environment is spending £8 million during the next five years in an effort to return the Albert Memorial to the condition of its regal past.The first phase of the work began in April this year when James Longley was awarded a £1.3 million contract to erect a protective scaffold around the structure by the project manager PSA Services Building Management.With specialist contractor SGB, Longley erected the scaffold in four stages, completing what is thought to be the largest free standing scaffold in Britain.Over the next two years, experts under the supervision of architect Purcell Miller Tritton and consulting engineer Brian Morton and Partners, will examine the condition of the structure, while the contractor removes 28 statues for repair.According to the PSA, atmospheric pollution, structural movement, vandalism and the blockage and overloading of rainwater ducts have all contributed to the memorial's deterioration over the years. However, the extent of damage to the internal structural elements is not yet known.The roof immediately above Prince Albert's statue is based around a wrought iron cruciform girder made up of bolted segments. On top of this is the cast iron framework for the monument's slender lead-clad spire.Much of the damage has been caused by water, which has been inadequately drained and has corroded some of the metal. Most of the cast ironwork has remained undamaged, although the wrought iron may be worse affected.Investigations carried out so far have indicated that chemical reactions caused by water leaking through the lead cladding has caused the iron structure below to rust. In addition, the water has seeped through to some of the brickwork and damaged the intricate mosaics.At present repair methods are still being investigated and will not be formalised until the extent and nature of the deterioration is fully known. However, the work is likely to include different fixing methods to prevent chemical reactions in one metal from affecting another.The statues will be repaired and coated to prevent corrosion, with Prince Albert staying in place throughout the entire project to keep an eye on things.
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