Urgent Repairs Project 2015-16
This document was prepared in December 2014 for the Heritage Lottery Fund Development Stage
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This urgent repair project was conceived as a direct response to the partial collapse of the ceiling linings to the lantern over the central High Altar at St Paul’s Bow Common, which occurred on a very hot July day in 2013.
As the Church approaches 55 years of age, it remains remarkably intact, however many of the original materials are approaching the end of their serviceable life.
For example, pitch-fibre pipework used for below ground drainage and the embedded rainwater pipes concealed within the brickwork cavities to the aisle walls require complete replacement and rehabilitation respectively.
In the case of the wood wool ceiling panels, long-term exposure to the particular micro-climatic conditions within the glazed lantern at high level have caused a particular pattern of decay.