Public Sector | Listed Buildings

Leeds Town Hall

Client: Leeds City Council
Project Value: £4,150,000

Project Details

The works consisted of replacing and upgrading Leeds Town Hall roof, as well as removing, repairing, restoring, and reinstating many parts from the existing roof.

The scope of works involved careful removal of all the existing slates from the roofs, setting aside all undamaged and sound slates for reuse. Reinstalling set aside slates and new slates on freshly treated timber slate battens, breathable membrane, and breathable insulation.

The existing single-glazed roofs were carefully removed and new slate grey powder-coated aluminium framed double-glazed roofs were installed. The cast iron roof lights were also carefully removed, sympathetically repaired, and restored and upgraded to take heritage-style double glazing. All lead work was renewed.

The existing cast iron guttering, downpipes and all associated brackets were removed, repaired, restored and reinstated in their original location. The flat roofs were stripped and recovered incorporating thicker insulation to meet current building regulations. Existing metal walkways were removed, cleaned, repaired and reinstated in their original position.

New walkways were installed to allow safe access to the access hatches in the windows of Victoria Hall, and new guardrails were installed across windows where the existing walkways passed them. The rotten timber gantry platform was replaced with a new galvanised gantry platform to match the existing walkway system. Specialised cleaning of the bird guano and replacement of the bird control netting to the clock tower and ventilation stacks.

Repair, restoration and refurbishment of the windows to the Victoria Hall. Works included redecoration, glazing repairs, new access hatches and the installation of secondary glazing to improve the acoustic insulation of the hall.

Removal of organic growth from the internal side of the parapet wall and any high-level areas where accessible from the scaffolding. This included patch repairs to the pointing in a suitable lime mortar. Careful removal of redundant corroded metal fixings from the stone, where accessible from the scaffolding. Upgrading the existing lightning protection system to the whole building.

Installation of new electric chandelier winches and repair and restoration of the chandeliers within the Victoria Hall. Installation of new rigging points within the roof void of Victoria Hall, works included structural strengthening works to the roof structure.

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