Why this project?
The Tiltyard Tower is a grade 1 listed building and scheduled ancient monument and is situated within the Wilderness Gardens at Hampton Court Palace. The structure is the only remaining tower of which five were originally built. They were constructed by Henry VIII for use as viewing platforms for visiting dignitaries and courtiers to watch tournaments within the Tiltyard Garden.
Completed project works
Timings: April - December 2006
Issues that were addressed:
- Previous brick repairs, including later mortar insertions (notably black ash), proved particularly damaging to the building fabric
- There were lengthy vertical cracks of unstable unbonded brickwork to the south east and north east elevations
- There were long vertical unbonded joints demarcating the reveals to the original large Tudor windows
Some of the works carried out:
- Conserving and repairing the Tudor facing brickwork to all of the elevations by replacing around 4,000 individual bricks with new hand made bricks
- Carefully removing the black ash pointing and replacing it with a softer, lime mortar
- Stabilising the areas of unbonded brickwork using ties and grouting
For more detailed information on this project, including images, please download the Adobe PDF below.
Other building projects
Click on the links below to view profiles of some of our other building projects for 2007-8
- Anne Boleyn Gatehouse, Hampton Court Palace
- Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London
- Bloody Tower, Tower of London
- Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace
- Decorative chimneys, Hampton Court Palace
- Reigate stone, Tower of London
- Tudor brickwork, Hampton Court Palace
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