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Manor House Hotel, Aldermaston

Manor House Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building, set among parkland in the Berkshire countryside.

During a survey it was noted that the tall chimneys built with ornate brickwork appeared to be leaning and required works carrying out to make them safe.

A structural engineer was employed to write a report on the condition of the chimneys and it was recommended to rake out and re-point the defective mortar joints.

Due to the nature of the building English Heritage became involved in the method of removing and repointing the joints. Several test panels were formed on a service road area of the hotel in order to decide upon the colour and style of the pointing.

As the hotel has a very busy schedule of weddings throughout the year, it was decided that scaffolding could not be employed, but that “ a cherrypicker “with a 21.5m boom would be used, and staff were sent on an intensive training course in their use.

The works were carried out over a 6 week period, with no weekend working and with days occasionally shortened due to a wedding or inclement weather.

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