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Thameside Historic Restoration

Location: London



Kenyon was contracted by Consultants Brodie, Plant and Goddard to implement sensitive repair and restoration work to a number of historic features along the river Thames and in the town of Ashford itself.

The town’s War Memorials were repaired, restored and refurbished. The repairs included replacing features of original stone carvings; the re-colouring of older, sub-standard repairs; and the replacement, using artificial ageing, of stolen brass plaques. The memorial in Ashford High Street had a section that was being continually damaged by passing traffic. Kenyon liaised with the listed building officer for the area and re-positioned the section within a new paved area to prevent repetition.

Kenyon also undertook extensive repairs to a glulam beam wooden bridge over a tributary of the Thames. The works included eradication of a highly destructive fungus, major splice repairs to the glulam beams  – in places of up to 50% of their thickness – and treatment of the timber to prevent any recurrence of fungal attack. The timber was re-stained upon completion to match the existing.

Due to the proximity of the bridge to the Thames and its location over a footpath leading to the river, Kenyon was required to liaise with the local authority and the environment agency to negotiate public rights of way closures.