Oldstone were appointed as specialist sub-contractor to undertake repair works to the three facades of Brown Thomas (Grafton Street; Wicklow Street & Clarendon Street). These were completed over three phases starting in July 2015 and ending in December 2016. The repair work included highly decorative elements and all works were completed whilst the store remained fully operational.
This facade consists of four separate building facades. The existing paint was removed from the decorative features exposing the repairs to be undertaken . These included features such as the window surrounds, window pediments, ionic capitals, pilaster bases, egg & dart string course. All of the original window brackets on the central facade had degraded requiring new pediments to be cast in Prompt Natural Cement. The existing render to the central facade was replaced with new render. Minor structural repairs were undertaken and the building thoroughly cleaned.
Similar to the front elevation this side also consisted of four separate facades. Repairs to the were also similar however this side contained highly decorative faience work around the Switzers sign and above a section of the shopfront. The faience work was peppered in redundant and corroding iron fixings that were causing damage. These were carefully removed and repairs were carefully undertaken using specially prepared colour matched resins.
This façade is the least decorative and consists of plain brickwork with service openings at ground floor level. Works consisted of brick repairs, crack stitching, removal of redundant fixings, infilling of holes, repointing and application of a hydrophobic sealant.