Stoneworld were the main contractors on the project to refurbish the architectural stone work on the exterior facade of Thame Town Hall
Stoneworld were thrilled to be entrusted with the task of restoring the exterior of the historic Town Hall in Thame, Oxfordshire to its former glory.
We began by cleaning much of the delicate facade of brick and Bath Stone using the specialised DOFF System cleaning process which uses steam to clean stone surfaces. Stoneworld are a Rosette Approved Contractor for this specialised cleaning process which is frequently employed on historic buildings, such as those operated by English Heritage.
The steam/superheated water will remove moss, algae, fungi and other biological matter and will also kill off spores. This means there’s then no need to use a chemical biocide during the removal process or as a protection against further biological activity.
DOFF cleans stonework and masonry using high temperature steam. Whilst the temperature in the system is high, the pressure on the surface being cleaned is very gentle and the volume of water is low. The surface is therefore not saturated and will be dry within minutes. Stoneworld are often called in to clean delicate or ancient stone work using this process. We have worked on monuments in Aylesbury Town Centre and listed buildings where gentle cleaning is required.
Once the cleaning was completed, work began on the process of renovating worn out and damaged parts of the architectural stone work on the building facade, which was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
We are especially skilled in the restoration of architectural stone work features using our digital masonry service Stone Genie. 3D scans were taken of any object or feature which required work, which was then reproduced in stone at our Great Milton masonry workshop using our advanced 6-axis robot, then finished by hand as necessary.
New stone has been carefully sourced from the original Bath Stone quarry to ensure all new stone is in keeping with the existing facade.
The exterior stone of Thame Town Hall now looks as good as it did when it was first revealed to the public.
If you have a listed or old building that needs stone refurbishment, call us in for a quote. Tel 01844 279274 now to find out more