Work continues to transform Georgian buildings
Essential maintenance work is being carried out at one of North Tyneside's most charismatic Georgian buildings.
Work is progressing on transforming the Georgian terraces in Northumberland Square, North Shields, into 28 luxurious homes.
Property experts at Peter Cox are working alongside construction company Compass Developments NE Ltd to develop the buildings into flats with courtyards, parking and gardens.
The row of Georgian-era terraced properties was built between 1810 and 1816, and has a number of significant architectural features including, in one room, a cornice design featuring a pack of hounds chasing a fox, which Heritage England described as “one of a kind".
All work undertaken will ensure that the buildings maintain their heritage, with the original façade remaining intact.
Following an extensive inspection of the terrace, it was found that rain penetration had caused damage to internal walls and plasterwork, with repairs needed to the roofs, guttering, downpipes and windows.
There was also evidence of rising damp on the ground floor, numerous timber issues, evidence of a common furniture beetle infestation in the joists and floorings of the terraced houses, wet rot found in the window linings, windows, lintels, joists and floorings and dry rot was also evident from the basement up to eaves roof level within one area.
Peter Cox installed a new damp proof course using a silicone based cream, creating a barrier to prevent further rising damp, while allowing the walls to dry out.
New roofs will prevent further rainwater ingress.
Chris Hansom, senior surveyor Northumberland & Durham Region at Peter Cox, said: “These buildings have more than 200 years of history and it’s important that they are preserved for the local community.
“The Northumberland Square renovation is an exciting project that will bring a lot to the area, and Peter Cox is proud to be part of this work.
"Our team is delivering long term solutions that will hopefully ensure property problems like damp and dry rot do not become a problem for future residents.”