Case Study / Waterproofing
St Peters Church, New Alresford
Timber treatment caused by beetles to Historic Church
On June 19th, 2014, St. Peter’s Church was severely damaged by fire. The rebuilding of the Church is now under way.
Since the fire, a huge amount of work has gone into making sure the rebuilt St Peter’s will be fit for the 21st century and another 800 years.
MacLennan were approached during the renovation works by Winchester based building contractors, Reside Construction, to assess the original timbers for wood boring beetle damage.
These oak timbers had avoided being damaged in the fire. Small insects are able to use wood as a food source and some of them can cause serious damage to building timbers.
Our specialist timber surveyor arranged a site visit to assess the damage and to recommend the most suitable treatment. After the inspection, it was noted that there was evidence of localised activity by the Common Furniture Beetle. (Anobium Punctatum).
It was agreed that a team of MacLennan qualified technicians would Spray all accessible Rear Porch timbers and exposed Bell Tower timbers with Dual purpose fungicide insecticide spray treatment.
The Specialist spray treatment is completely odourless and non-flammable. Once applied to the wood, there are no emissions, so the Health and Safety Executives have deemed it safe to enter treated areas after one hour.
The beautiful and historic church timbers have been sympathetically preserved meaning some of the original features and characteristics can remain and will be incorporated into the restoration.
The work on the project was delivered within the timescale and the budget providing full company guarantee for 10 years.