Conservation Portfolio | Aura

A selection of the landmark buildings we've worked on

Watson Building, Liverpool

Grade II Listed

During 2015, the striking Watson Building located on Renshaw Street in the city centre of Liverpool underwent a huge £16.5m refurbishment to transform the Grade II Listed Building into 73,000 sq ft of usable modern office space.

The Building dates from the early 1930s and is the only surviving element of the original Lewis’s department store, the main building which was bombed in World War II and subsequently rebuilt in a simplified classical design.

Aura Conservation’s contracted works commenced by carrying out a full clean to the buildings front elevation using the sympathetic DOFF cleaning system. Repairs were then carried out to the façade by raking out defective mortar and repointing the Portland Stone joints. The brickwork to the rear elevation was also cleaned, repointed and replacing defective bricks as necessary. Areas of loose and friable stone were descaled to a sound base and restored using lime mortar repairs or where necessary stone indents were let in using Portland Stone to match the existing geology, line and profile. Removal of rain water goods from the rear elevation was also carried out and brick holes were made good. Aura also carried out refurbishment and decoration works to the existing ornate aluminum windows. In addition, bird spikes and bird netting repairs were made to the existing deterrent system on the building’s façade. Finally, works internally including rebuilding fluted stone columns to replicate existing components.

Aura are proud to have been appointed to display our extensive skills in the sympathetic restoration of one of Liverpool’s most impressive listed buildings.

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