Coin House
2 Gees Court, London, W1

The original works at Coin House were external cleaning, repairs, and redecoration. During the course of these works, structural investigations were carried out to the rusting steel frame and it was discovered that the building is suffering from what is commonly known as Regent’s Street Disease. The expansion of the steel work has caused the external cladding to fracture and fail in several high pedestrian locations.

On the Gees Court elevation, the steel beams supporting the parapet wall were so badly rusted that the parapet wall had lifted by several millimetres.

Triton dismantled the whole parapet wall down to top floor window head level, salvaging the original material where possible.

Once the steel was exposed, a needle gun was used to take off loose material back to solid metal. New steel sections were added and all the steel was then treated with Jenolite, two coats of red oxide primer and two coats of bitumastic paint before the new faience blocks were reinstated, with an air gap left around the steel to ensure any future movement would not be detrimental to the faience.

The removal of a large section of cornice posed a complex issue in regards to fixing new material back to a rusted steel frame. To solve this Triton employed the services of structural engineers and masonry draftsmen who worked closely with our masonry construction team to resolve this very complex problem.

All work was undertaken whilst the building was occupied and noisy works were undertaken at times that would both minimise disruptions to the occupants and comply with the City of Westminster’s noise regulations.

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