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Outside of Morris and Young Perth - Rot repairs

Leading Scottish accountancy firm, Morris & Young, is based at 6 Atholl Crescent, right in the centre of Perth. Known as ‘The Fair City’ since the publication of the story Fair Maid of Perth by Sir Walter Scott in 1828, Perth is notable for its architectural diversity and solid sense of history as it sprawls outwards from the banks of the River Tay.

Atholl Crescent is a prime location near the Perth Playhouse, Concert Hall, Black Watch Castle and of course the River Tay. A majestic curve of white Georgian three-storey terraced townhouses, the accountancy firm shares the street with the RSPB, the Citizens Advice Bureau and a Masonic Lodge. The Crescent was built between 1797 and 1803, and offers a fine example of this period’s best and most handsome traditional townhouses.

Around 18 months ago, the proprietors of the adjacent property notified the owners of No. 6 that there was a visible rot attack to the front right corner of the building, shared by both houses. Initial operations were undertaken to halt the progress of the rot, but an exploratory survey earlier this year revealed both wet and dry rot to joist and rafter ends at ground, first and second floor levels.

Typically of so many period properties, the damage had been caused over many years by rainwater ingress coming into contact with unprotected internal timbers and setting up ideal conditions to allow successful germination of wood-rotting fungi.

In a residential property, it is usually relatively easy to section off an affected area. It is also reasonably straightforward to request that the occupants reside elsewhere for the duration of the works. However, with almost 40 Morris & Young staff occupying the building, the partners were understandably loathed to vacate the premises.

Fortunately, after due consideration the majority of the staff members were rehoused in temporary alternative office accommodation, allowing us significantly more freedom.

Immediately we arranged removal of light fittings, electrical switches, wall mounted heaters and carpets. The servers for the property were positioned in the worst affected room so it was crucial that prior to any stripping-out works they were sectioned off with sealed partitioning.

Morris and Young Perth scaffolding going up to deal with rot attack

Scaffolding was erected to the front elevation of the property and we created a special opening access to ensure only a limited need to venture through to the rear of the property. In that way, all debris removals and timber replacements could be brought in and out using window openings and the scaffolding, thus minimising disruption to the few remaining accountancy staff.

Fixing the problem itself was a considerable challenge, especially as we had to take into account structural strengthening works carried out to the front elevation due to previous settlement. While removing, repairing and renewing all decayed timbers with sterilisation treatments, we had to make a considerable effort not to disturb the masonry. It was particularly important to ensure that all temporary supports were doubled and that only limited removal and re-instatement was carried out at any one time.

Inside of Morris and Young Perth rot attack     Inside of Morris and Young Perth temporary supports

We are delighted to report that the works are now complete and our clients are pleased that we worked perfectly to schedule – if not a little ahead – with minimal disruption. Taking advantage of the temporary relocation of most of their staff, Morris & Young have even decided to redecorate their offices as soon as we leave, so their employees will return to clean, fresh and most importantly safe surroundings.

If you’re concerned your commercial property needs some attention, contact us today to see how we might be able to help.

Inside of Morris and Young Perth internal plastering after rot repairs

Autumn in Fife: fresh bright mornings, beautiful colours, striking scenery and… rain.

As much as we’d like to ignore it, the truth is that Scotland’s rainfall is the highest in the UK, with last year’s September/October drizzle clocking in at 150% over met office averages.

Stormy weather in Fife

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Unfortunately, water can have a devasting effect on your property and the invitable leaks brought on by autumn showers can lead to wet rot, or its more harmful cousin, dry rot. Both can ultimately cause structural defects in your building.

Autumn is a good time to give your property a once over; especially as leaves start to fall you should regularly check your guttering, pipework and other drainage systems for blockages and leaks. It is worth also examining your roof for missing slates or tiles, which could provide heavy rainfall with an entrance to your property and pave the way to serious internal problems.

Leaking gutters and roofing defects can cause penetrating dampness, which can prove tricky to pinpoint without the help of a damp expert. It is vital never to ignore any obvious signs of water seepage and contact a surveyor at the first sign of dampness, either inside or outside the building.

The Preservation Company, owned and managed by Gavin White, can effectively treat and remove dry rot, wet rot, woodworm and many other forms of fungal decay. Based in the historic city of St. Andrews, our main areas of operation include Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Dollar and Stirling.

At the completion of all contracts we provide the option of a 20-year peace of mind guarantee, so why not contact us to see how we can dry up your dampness concerns today?

 

Here at The Preservation Company, we’re passionate about our surroundings. Our magnificent medieval town of St Andrews is teeming with cathedrals, castles, botanic gardens and country parks, and boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines and golf courses in this part of the world.

St Andrews is also home to Scotland’s first university, founded in 1413 and still thriving today. Something we see quite a lot in our remedial work is properties that have been used as student accommodation and have, over the years, been somewhat neglected both internally and externally.

13 Greyfriars Garden was no exception to this rule. When Kevin Mullins (the current owner) bought it, this typical first and second floor St Andrews terraced property was in dire need of attention. Rainwater ingress through aging roof coverings and gutters had caused some serious internal issues. We discovered penetrating damp and wet rot to joist ends, rafters and wall strappings, and plaster damage among other problems.

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Over the course of our remedial treatment, we stripped back the damaged areas, treated all remaining timbers, replaced the plasterwork and framing, renewed the lintels in concrete and made good all areas, including the traditional ornate cornicing. Now the owner can continue his refurbishment of this centrally placed character house safe in the knowledge that rainwater can cause no further damage.

“I am happy to go on record as saying that, throughout the whole process, The Preservation Company was extremely professional” summarises satisfied owner Kevin Mullins, “and the work carried out was of the highest standard.”

If you have concerns about how this wet autumn weather might be affecting your property, contact us today: we’d be happy to help.

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