This restoration and conversion of a heritage warehouse into an office for Smith Broughton Auctioneers has brought about a striking building rich with interesting artefacts that reveal historical stories. The challenge to restore and bring new life to the Midland artillery store building brought many surprises as the clients enthusiastically partnered with us to restore and highlight the history of the building.
The condition of the original brick building was quite poor, the external timberwork had deteriorated from exposure to the elements for over 100 years and the windows, barge boards, and western former ‘train platform’ lining all needed repair and some sections that were too weathered have been replaced. An area we have had to make significant repairs to is the main roof under-purlins and rafters, which have sagged significantly over the years, with some areas sagging up to 30mm. In order to rectify this problem, we have retained the original rafters in place, and bolted new treated pine rafters against the original, reset the ridge with the new rafters and bolted the new and original sagged rafters, to take the ‘sag’ out of the roof. We have also provided new collar ties and tie-down strapping to ensure the roof meets current by-laws and standards.
Great care was taken to find the right balance between salvaging as much of the building as possible, while assessing what had to be completely replaced for safety & function. The careful restoration of original elements took time to ensure the building retained its character.