Grade II* Listed
Winter Gardens in Blackpool is a prominent Grade II* Listed landmark building of the coastal tourist town of Blackpool. Designed by Thomas Mitchell of Oldham originally and built in 1875, it was opened in 1878 as a leisure complex incorporating a theatre, concert room, promenade and conservatories.
Aura Conservation secured the contract in 2014 initially valued at £50k. Due to further inspection and surveys of the building additional maintenance works to the Ballroom roof became apparent highlighting the fact that the lead work was in desperate need of attention and repair. This consequently increased the overall value of the contract to in excess of £150k.
The building fabric of the building is clad faience blocks, many of which had fractured and decayed due to the inclement and harsh weather in this region. The initial contract work comprised of raking out and re-pointing using restoration mortar, repairs and replacement of spalled and defective blocks, crack repairs, removal of ferrous fixings and sealing the terracotta glazing. External cleaning works were carried out using heated water as approved by English Heritage.
Roof works to the Ballroom consisted of replacement lead flashings in order to create a rain barrier and prevent further water penetration.