• Client: Gladedale Capital
  • Architect CDA / Hurd Rolland
  • Duration: Complete
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • New/Reclaimed Sandstone
  • Lithomix – repair mortar
  • Project took 9 months to complete
  • 20 operatives working on average
  • Restoration, refurbishment, cutting out, replacing, indenting, repointing, temporary works

Overlooking the Meadows, Vetter UK undertook the sensitive restoration of the existing facades on buildings Q11 and Q13 of the development setting the standard and benchmark for all others going forward. Works included insitu repairs, the cutting out and replacing or indenting of window sills, lintols, jambs and transoms, re-pointing and temporary works required for the larger elements of work.

Sitting between the corner turrets to the south elevation, the existing balconies at each floor level were refurbished to provide viewing platforms over the Meadows, whereas on the north elevation more extensive works were required. The end goal was to restore the external facades of the buildings back to their original format, having had various add-ons and years of unsympathetic alterations done during its use as a hospital. The north elevations required extensive work with the site team facing many challenges, including the requirement to retain as much as possible of the original fabric whilst refiguring the various openings back to their original positions.

Engaging with other Group resources the team were able to find solutions to tie back the elevation, which had split away from the remainder of the building, and then carry out a full restoration.