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St Paul's Church

St._Paul’s_Anglican_Church_Sydney

Location: St Paul’s Anglican Parish Church, Burwood Road, Burwood

Task: Refurbish the Bell Tower

Andersal Project Manager: Jacques Calluaud

Special Challenge

The pinnacle carved section of the Bell Tower was in poor condition and it was necessary to assess if a new section was necessary (expensive) or if the existing carved section was recoverable.

It was noted that the louvres needed replacing, the masonry needed re-pointing and the roof access hatch was almost unworkable.

There was nearly a 2 year time delay between the report and the start of work on site as the church arranged necessary funding and approvals.

This resulted in some additional deterioration of the asset.

Solution

It was assessed that the cracked carved section was caused by a rusting internal steel pin and that this section was able to be refurbished.

A 15 tonne city crane was used to remove the pinnacle completely. The bottom section was cut away and replaced. New stainless steel pins were inserted into the carved section and a new stainless steel pin inserted to join the base to the upper section. The carved section was glued with epoxy.

The louvres in the Bell Tower were replaced with matching material. The internal masonry was repointed and we replaced the roof access hatch.

We utilised the services of Ted Higgins a banker mason with EH Stone Masonary Services.