By Grosvenor Construction
The isle of Anglesey in North Wales has a raw beauty all of its own. Separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait the Isle has a rich history originating from Viking times.
Many stories abound from Anglesey, including the story of the wrecked ship which brought Spanish blood and lineage to the Western parts. Whilst the laying of the ship's anchor failed to save the incumbants on that stormy night, these days, and much closer to the Menai Strait, the use of an anchor of a different type is proving to be much more of a success story for Anglesey.
Grosvenor Construction sets the scene:
"Anglesey has many mysterious hollow ways or 'green lanes', which criss-cross the island. Recently, an old settlement was re-discovered at the end of one of these lanes. The abandoned hamlet consisted of the remains of domestic buildings including a pub and a church. The church proved to be the most complete of the buildings and once the surrounding graveyard was stripped back, its two roofless gables stood proud surrounded by heavy black slate gravestones. The walls incorporated Tudor windows and a date stone of 1598"
The church was known to be the remains of Saint Michael's in the community of Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog.
Finding such a hidden gem set in motion the need to conserve and interpret the building. It was found that the gables to the structure were not sound, and so Grosvenor were contracted to install an anchor system which would have minimum impact on the character and aesthetics of the church.
The system used was the Cintec Anchoring System. It works by inserting an anchor body (which is designed specifically for the loads and configuration of each application) into a pre-drilled hole. The anchor is surrounded by a polyester based fabric sleeve.
Once inserted a lime based mineral grout is gently injected through the middle of the anchor. The grout, under low pressure, flows through grout flood holes into the polyester sleeve. This inflates the entire assembly into the surrounding masonry.
We have a specialist team and equipment to install the anchor's to meet a variety of needs. The anchor can provide perpendicular or in-plane strengthening and can also interconnect different structural materials. A stone plug is cored out of the masonry at the position identified for the instillation of the anchor, marked / identified for that specific hole.
This is then replaced once the main drilling has been completed & the cintec anchors have been installed. This practice ensures that not only will the anchors conserve the remains of the existing monument, but also the major structural repairs will be hidden from sight for generations to come.
Once Grosvenor have finished the anchoring of the gables, work will move onto consolidating the rest of the building. This will help initiate a route via a holloway which will put the church once again at the centre of attraction.
Posted by ProjectBook member Grosvenor Construction.
Grosvenor Construction are a specialist building conservation company working within the United Kingdom. Their vast wealth of experience ensures that they are firmly anchored within the full spectrum of the historic environment. Quality craftsmanship in all fields is guaranteed due to Grosvenor’s continuous framework of personal development at practitioner and professional levels.
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