One of the more unusual projects our team has recently undertaken was centred on a historic boundary wall at Gwaelod y Garth primary school which we had to dismantle, strengthen and then reconstruct using the original stone bricks. Located at the foot of Garth Hill, area falls under Conservation protection so all building works – including boundary walls – need to be maintained with respect to the high quality materials and architectural detailing within the townscape.
The school itself comprises a range of stone buildings of which the easternmost building is Grade II Listed. Together with the adjacent village hall, they are identified as landmark buildings due to their central location in the Conservation Area and original building materials (e.g. stone, brick) should be preserved and protected. The wall was seven metres high and situated on the side of a road so extra care needed to be taken to maintain awareness and not disrupt traffic. Most of the original stone from the existing wall was used in the re-build.
Jan Jones, Head Teacher, commented: “I’d like to thank the Ian Williams team for overseeing the effective repair of the wall in Gwaelod y Garth. The repair work was carried out quickly with no disruption at all for the school. The contractors were professional at all times and I was informed at regular intervals of any developments. The site was left clean and tidy and the wall complements the original stone building of the school.”