A Grade II-listed building, famed as the former home of the Newcastle Co-operative Society is being transformed into a hotel, gym and retail development with the aid of products from Basement Waterproofing Association (BWA) member, Wykamol.
The building is renowned throughout the North East, both for its Co-operative heritage and a stunning 1930s facade, exemplary of its Art Deco heyday.
The Co-op closed the building in 2011, selling it to DTZ Investment Management in March 2014 for £9m. In the interim, the building fell victim to vandals, looters and the elements, even losing its four copper and bronze clock faces – reportedly worth up to six figures – to scrap metal thieves.
Water damage was a main concern for Interserve, the UK-based multinational that has been put in charge of the £17m redevelopment. As can be seen from pictures of the build, extensive protective measures are now being put in place, with waterproofing products from BWA member, Wykamol being used for their world-class performance and reliability.
Waterproofing membranes are often used over damp proof tanking in listed properties due to their reduced impact on the structure of the building, and the fact that they are deemed as ‘reversible’.
“It’s an amazing building which is revealing something new to us almost every day on the build”, heritage consultant, Sarah Dyer explained to Chronicle Live.
“We’ve uncovered a lot of the building which has been hidden for decades”, added Shaun Paramor, Interserve’s Commercial Manager, in another interview with Chronicle Live. “The extent of ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s decoration is enormous and there has been a lot of work involved in carefully peeling back those layers. All the ageing windows and masonry require attention to detail, and we’ve brought in local firms to do a lot of the work.”
Around 80% of the project’s 600-strong workforce has been sourced within the North East, with the redevelopment expected to reach completion in December 2015.
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