Roman Cement Repairs

A nice local job for us has been the stucco repairs to the facade of Falmouth's polytechnic building.

A historically important landmark on the towns main high street, the Poly was built in 1835 by the Fox family for the exhibition of the arts and sciences.

The facade is stucco rendered with Roman Cement a natural hydraulic binder used extensively in Georgian external architecture. Originaly just a re-decoration job, the main contractor had been asked to remove the existing layers of synthetic paint and re-apply a permeable one in order to allow the substrates to breath. As is often the case the damage caused by water ingress and frost was much more extensive than first thought and we were brought in to repair large areas of the flat render as well as some of the ornate details around the windows and columns. We used Vicat Prompt a traditional natural or "Roman" cement which has a rapid setting time so can be used for flat work , in-situ moulding and casting.

Roman cement repairs

Roman cement repairs

Damaged stucco

Damaged stucco

Base coats

Base coats

Base coats

Base coats

Repairs

Repairs

Repairs

Repairs

Repairs

Repairs

Repairs

Repairs

Window moulding section

Window moulding section

New window moulding casts

New window moulding casts

Moulding repairs

Moulding repairs

Moulding repairs

Moulding repairs

Completed repairs

Completed repairs

Completed facade

Completed facade