Conservation Portfolio | Aura

A selection of the landmark buildings we've worked on

Gregs Building

Grade II Listed

Gregs Building is a Grade II Listed office building constructed in 1847 for R. H. Greg & Co. The building lies in the heart of the City of Manchester and is set within the prime financial and professional district, it occupies a prominent corner plot and comprises of five upper floors, a ground floor and a lower floor.

The external elevations are constructed of solid brick with stone features and a majority of original timber sash windows.

Over the years the masonry had begun to fail due to age, weather and general deterioration resulting in the internal walls of the building becoming gradually damaged by damp penetration. Extensive repairs were essential in order to correct and reverse all signs of damage internally and externally.

Initially, Aura Conservation were contracted to carry out the building condition surveys, providing a report detailing recommendations to the client.

Refurbishment work began in August 2014 to include hundreds of brick replacements, stonework sills, jambs & lintels which had cracked and failed. They all required replacements which involved carving and matching to existing materials using new stone indents and mortar repairs. Consequently the pointing had also failed therefore a 100% full re-point was undertaken. The building also required cleaning and therefore the Doff chemical clean was adopted to remove years of environmental grime.
The timber sash windows were refurbished to include some timber replacement and redecoration to all.

Work were complete in February 2015.

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