Project Description: In the refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed building, The Hawthorns public house, completed for West Bromwich Football club in July 2015, Interclass undertook careful demolition of late 20th century extensions surrounding the core, retained listed building (dating back to 1845).
On completion of demolition, structural repairs were made, where there were signs of stress due to foundation settlement.
External rendering was repaired and extended using heritage materials to match the existing, incorporating corbelling features at roof level.
The retained timber sash windows underwent significant repairs and were fully serviced and re-weighted to enable full use.
Internally repairs were made to fibrous plaster cornices and picture rails and repairs were made to the retained staircase.
At all stages the Interclass team liaised with the Local Authority Building Control officer and the Client’s appointed conservation architect, confirming our proposals and offering these for inspection as works progressed.
Steve Ball, our nominated Contracts Manager led The Hawthorns scheme, and was conversant with the special care listed and heritage buildings demand. In a refurbishment situation, being prepared for the unexpected is a common occurrence – indeed at The Hawthorns we identified a risk with horse-hair plaster, necessitating testing for anthrax spores before internal refurbishment could proceed, ensuring the safety of our workforce and the wider community, albeit the tests were confirmed as negative.