Our client had recently taken ownership of this site in Lemington, Newcastle looking to redevelop part of the site that was occupied previously by a modern car showroom for their successful commercial Hybrid units.
They also took ownership of a rather large, grade II* listed former glass works cone. The cone is a striking feature in the local landscape standing 130ft high and previous owners had been threatened with enforcement action due to its decaying condition, which was largely down to self seeded plant growth. Lemington Cone is rather rare, being the only surviving glasshouse on the Tyne and nationally is one of only 4 surviving glass cones in the country.
We are pleased to report that, alongside Phase 1 of the redevelopment works, the cone has now had full vegetation removal and repairs to repointing work undertaken with approval from Newcastle City Council’s conservation officer. Lime mortar analysis was carried out previously with the assistance of The Scottish Lime Centre Trust to ensure that new pointing work accurately reflects that of the historic mortar mix. The end result is a rather patchwork finish, but the fresh lime pointing will weather and is an honest repair that conserves areas of historic pointing alongside new work, ensuring the structure is conserved going forward.
Good work Mandale Group!