A survey was commissioned at the start of this year (2016) by Skegness Partnership to obtain an up todate understanding of the current structural state of the Pavilion building. It is some six years since the building was last assessed and in those intervening years it was recognised that much deterioration has taken place.
The survey was undertaken by Alex Rosen Associates, Consulting Structural Engineers, Lincoln and the report was presented to the Skegness Partnership in March 2016. The report makes depressing reading and confirms that the building has deteriorated significantly. It is in a critical state, has suffered much water damage and in parts is becoming structurally unsafe.
The key results from the survey include:
Main building – General
- There is extensive rot of the wooden structure
- The sub-floor, floor, walls, roof timbers have all suffered wet rot and woodworm
- There is differential movement in the brick structure
- The floor has collapsed in several areas.
- It is constantly soaked when it rains. The carpeting has acted like a sponge and has allowed fungal attack.
The Iron Frame
- The ironwork is suffering from extensive corrosion and any re-use would require dismantling and off site refurbishment.
- The main columns are showing some signs of distortion and the iron work has separated from the structure in places.
- There are several areas where the roof covering has failed allowing water to get into the building over many years
- Parts of the roof are made of asbestos sheet and would need specialist attention
- There are extensive cracks, bulges and spalling (crumbling) to most of the wall areas
- There is extensive rising and penetrating damp
- There is extensive damp, ceilings have collapsed and there is fungal presence
- The building is in very poor condition and in some areas it is dilapidated and on the point of collapse.
- Essentially everything up to a meter above ground level is decayed and beyond repair
- The roof is in need of complete replacement
- The brick walls are bowed, damp, cracked, spalling and of no architectural interest
- There is very little of architectural value that can be rescued
- Essentially the building is beyond practical refurbishment (cost and practical use) and needs to be replaced
- The ironwork could be refurbished offsite for non-structural use
- The cost of undertaking refurbishment would be particularly high (see later)
The full consultant’s report is some 79 pages long and provides, in great detail, a description of each area of the building and its current state of disrepair. To assist the reader, in addition to the outline above, we have reproduced the 12 page Conclusions and Recommendations summary. This still gives a comprehensive description of the current state of the building together with a viability of repair versus replacement.
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