No. 46 Kildare Street is a four storey over basement mid-terrace Georgian building located on the north side of Kildare Street, adjacent to College Park. Oldstone Conservation were appointed as specialist sub-contractor to undertake the external repointing and internal lathe & plaster repairs.
The front façade repointing involved carefully raking out the existing mortar joints and applying Wiggin pointing. Wiggin pointing is a traditional style of pointing that is unique to Ireland. Once the existing joints have been raked out the repointing involves the insertion of white lime mortar into the joints finished flush to the existing bricks. A fine white ribbon, consisting of fine sand and lime putty, is applied onto the fresh mortar joints, horizontal & vertical, which is left proud of the joint. A coloured lime mortar is then applied over the brick perimeter and up to the white ribbon. The final effect is to exhibit a fine white joint between the bricks that is consistent throughout.
Oldstone were also engaged to complete repairs to the internal lathe & plaster. These repairs involved cutting back the existing timber lathes back to the nearest joint or timber and fixing new pre-soaked hazel lathes into position. Several lime render coats are then applied with the finish coat being a fine mortar consisting of lime putty and a fine sand.