Fairmile Cemetery Case Study
The 1868 Grade II listed, Non-Conformist Chapel at Fairmile Cemetery was a small redundant building in poor condition. At the time this was an unusual commission for our MD Philip Waddy, as the client had no idea what could be made of the building. Initially instructed by the Henley Town Council to investigate possible alternative uses, it was recommended that the chapel could be converted into a Columbarium as a cost-effective way to secure a new use via public subscription – i.e. the renting of niches in which to store funeral urns.
The first part of the design was to prepare a specification for the repair of the fabric of the building. Rainwater entered the building’s structure over many years due to neglect. Dampness was rife therefore making it essential to rectify these defects. Before initial joinery was fitted time was given to allow the building to dry out completely.
Specific Technical Issue – The Existing Render
Most of the internal render of the chapel was in a dense sand/cement render. Being impervious, it was retaining moisture from damaged roofs and rainwater goods and in some areas had already separated from the brick backing. Large sections of render had fallen away at both low and high levels.