The Venetian Waterways, Great Yarmouth

The Venetian Waterways, Great Yarmouth

Kiesol MB MB 2K RM Funcosil FC

After years of neglect, the Grade II listed tourist attraction in the heart of the seaside town of Great Yarmouth was restoerd to its former glory with a £2.7m restoration. National lottery and government funding allowed the previously derelict site to rediscover its charm of the late 1920’s where it bought a taste of far away lands to the UK after World War I.

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Facade restoration / natural stone Waterproofing buildings - special areas
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Other public buildings
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The lake itself had been drained since 2014 but had significant cracking and deterioration on the slab joints. In order to have a succesful restoration, the lake needed to become watertight again. The solution was available using Remmers MB2K waterproofing in conjunction with Waterstop B240 banding. WHY? The existing joint filler material within the lake was bituminous in nature. MB2K adheres excellently to both new and old bitumen coatings, without the need to abrade or mechanically prepare them, a critical advantage in this instance. Removal or the existing damaged fillers would have been a time consuming and costly excercise. Having waterproofed the lake bed and walls, extensive restoration then took place on the stone staircases and planters around the site. Colour matched restoration mortars and Funcosil hydrophobic treatments were used extensively.
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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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