A Blyth company is helping to conserve a north east landmark.
Historic restoration specialists Team Force Restoration is carrying out stone and brick restoration on the endangered Marsden Lime Kilns.
After careful research into the original construction of the lime kilns in the 1870s, Team Force Restoration is reviving an ancient formula for historic hot lime mortar – one of only a few companies to recreate it.
It means that not only will Marsden Lime Kilns be restored and consolidated safely for generations to come, but the renovation will be as close as possible to the original.
Team Force Restoration was commissioned by Owen Pugh Aggregates and Historic England to carry out skilled conservation work on the series of giant ovens.
Skilled craftsmen are now repointing and consolidating the ragged, uneven tops of the kilns.
Brendan Teasdale, managing director, said: “Team Force Restoration is committed to leading the field when it comes to the use of historic mortars and we are re-creating our own hot lime mortars based on the latest studies.
“Test areas are being prepared and hot lime will be used to consolidate areas of random stone walling.
“The sample mortars will be monitored over a period of 12 months and if proven successful this could provide an alternative to the hydraulic lime mortars currently used today. In time, hot limes could prove to be essential for masonry conservation in the UK, and as far as I am concerned this is a must for the protection of our built heritage.”
Robin Armstrong, group logistics director of the Owen Pugh Group, said: “Marsden Lime Kilns have been a significant feature in South Tyneside’s landscape since the 1870s so we are pleased that the preservation work is stepping up apace.
“Conservation specialists Team Force are highly experienced in the preservation and restoration of historic structures, including work on numerous lime kilns, so we are delighted that they are leading on this project to ensure the long-term future of what is an important reminder of our industrial past.
“We were delighted that they enlisted Owen Pugh’s earthworks team to undertake the site clearance works.”
For more information on Team Force Restoration please go to www.team-force.co.uk