Dry rot treatments for historic Newcastle Institute

Overview 

Based in the heart of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne the Mining Institute (or to give it its full title The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers) is one of the hidden gems of the city. The Mining Institute has globally important collections relating to the history of coal mining, the development of the railways, geology as well as information on the future use of coal. All this wealth of information housed within Neville Hall – an amazing grade 2 listed property that truly is an architectural gem in Newcastle. Neville Hall boasts an outstanding Victorian library amongst other historically important treasures.

When the Institute suspected that the building may have issues with fungal decay (in the form of dry rot) and woodworm they called upon the expertise of our Newcastle based preservation surveyor and dry rot specialist, John Moore, to provide an in-depth timber and damp survey as well a specify the treatments needed to keep the building decay free for future generations to enjoy.

Our Findings

The survey of the property started with initial observations of the outside. On the gable elevation, a large gap was visible where the adjacent railway bridge and Neville Hall met. This gap was allowing moisture to pass into the fabric of the building and over time would lead to spoiling and damage to internal finishes and decoration.

Within the property, each room had the timbers thoroughly inspected for signs of dampness and decay. In several locations signs of mycelium growth were identified that gave reason to investigate further for the presence of dry rot.

Our Solution
The areas of the building containing signs of dry rot were to be treated and any damaged joists and timbers cut back and replaced with sound timber. The source of the moisture ingress was identified and steps are taken to rectify the situation.  It is vital to stop the moisture ingress otherwise the likelihood is that the dry rot will reappear. Treatments for dry rot in this instance were carried out using fungicidal sterilisation to the masonry and timber. This involved the application of a special water-based fungicide to the contaminated areas.

The finished work by the team at Timberwise Newcastle left the property free of dry rot and left this historically important building structurally sound for future generations to enjoy.

 It was an honour to work on this architectural gem in the heart of my hometown

John Moore , Surveyor CSRT CSSW

Treating dry rot
If you have a property and you suspect that you may have an outbreak of dry rot help is at hand. Contact our team of dry rot specialists on 0800 288 8660 for further help and advice.

 

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