ArcHaus and Ducati, Peterborough

ArcHaus and Ducati, Peterborough

PE8 6JN Peterborough, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom ArcHaus Ducati Wansford Peterborough Betofix R2 Salt IH SP Top basic Color Flex Fill Color Flex Color PA Fill

This iconic building on the Great North Road was constructed in 1932. The former pub was bought by the Little Chef restaurant chain in 1970, and closed in 2007 due to uncertainty over the franchise’s future. After this time, the building fell victim to decay and vandalism. In 2013, an architect’s firm purchased the building and restored it to its former glory.

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Construction project:
Facade restoration / render Facade restoration
Building type:
Retail trade / sales rooms
Office and administration buildings
Commercial buildings
Short description
Damage caused by salts and excessive cracking could be seen on the facade. The render was crumbling and the brickwork underneath was visible. Graffiti had been daubed all over the building.
Harris McCormack Architects Ltd
Site address:
PE8 6JN Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Date / completion:
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The structure showed cracks in some places, for which there were different causes. Improved statics and higher load capacity were achieved by stiffening the structures, frictional connection of the disturbed foundation and decoupling the components gate, passage hall and gate houses components. Particularly on the western side, intense blackening of the rock surface had built up, which was strongly interlocked with the ground. The deposits were composed of a mixture of soot and plaster. The cleaning process carried out in 1990 with the help of water could only result in a superficial cleaning. In 2002, the newly developed method of particle beam cleaning and cleaning by laser made it possible to remove soot and plaster without destroying the original surface.
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On the façade surfaces of Kaispeicher A, there was a lot of efflorescence and lime aging, both signs of penetrating moisture. The damage patterns indicated a lack of frost resistance as well as no protection against driving rain. The listed façade required extensive frost and moisture protection, but was not allowed to undergo any visual changes.
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