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18th Century Building Given New Lease of Life

Lincoln's iconic Harlequin Gallery building.

Lincoln’s iconic Harlequin Gallery building. Photograph by Steve Smailes for the Lincolnite.

The Gelder Group’s Facilities Maintenance & Building division has completed specialist conservation and refurbishment works to the historic Harlequin Gallery building on Steep Hill, Lincoln. The former public house turned bookshop, which opened in the 18th century, was known as the Harlequin & Columbine Theatre Inn before becoming the Harlequin Gallery Bookshop 50 years ago. Lincoln City Council appointed Gelder Group to deliver the conservation repair works to the iconic building. Works included the rendering of external panels, timber frame and gutter repairs and new leaded glazing.

Dave Gladwin, Construction Director at Gelder Group, commented

The Harlequin is a well known and much admired building in Lincoln and we were honoured to work on its refurbishment which has restored the Tudor building to its former glory, making ready for a new chapter in its history.

Harlequin now has a new lease of life and I’m sure its new tenants, whoever they may be, will be delighted to be in such a historic and prominent building on Steep Hill.

The building is as stunning on the inside as the outside and its sympathetic restoration captures its heritage perfectly.

If you would like more information about this restoration project, please get in touch.

Cromford Mill Building 17 wins European Award

Kevin Manterfield - Major Contracts Director Gelder Group and Duke of Devonshire - photographed by Ashley Franklin

Kevin Manterfield (Gelder Group Major Contracts Director) and the Duke of Devonshire at the award ceremony. Photographed by Ashley Franklin.

Thursday 19th October saw the unveiling of the prestigious award given to Cromford Mill Building 17 by the European Union prize for Cultural Heritage. Kevin Manterfield was there on behalf of Gelder Ltd and welcomed the Europa Nostra Award to our portfolio.

Building 17 is an incredible property filled with many historic values and we are delighted to have been involved in this project.
— Kevin Manterfield (Major Contracts Director)

Children wearing traditional period clothing at the award ceremony.

Children wearing traditional period clothing at the award ceremony.

For more information about the Cromford Mill project, see our case study, or get in touch.

Buxton Pavilion begins its new life

Buxton Pavillion

Buxton Pavilion (Photo by Elliott Brown)

After many years of neglect the magnificent Pavilion Hall in Buxton is given the TLC it deserves. Work finally began in February to restore the hall back to its former glory. The experienced team of David Slingsby (Site Manager) and David Baines (Contracts Manager) are driving this year-long project, which will involve the complete strip out of flooring, paint work, internal fixtures and fittings and glazing. The gardens and cafe still remain open to the public, and the works have been of keen interest to many visitors.

If you would like more information about this project, please get in touch.

The Chimes Ring Again!

The Chimes being returned to the Brayford.

The Chimes being returned to the Brayford.

Following a four month repair, ‘The Chimes‘ sculpture has been returned to its rightful place on The Brayford in Lincoln. If you are not familiar with this installation, its creator, Andy Plant, describes the piece:

The sculpture is sited in the centre of Lincoln, next to the Brayford Pool.
A 26’ high rotating water clock, that chimes on the hour.
The whole of the top section rotates once an hour, like the minute hand of the clock.
Water flows constantly down the copper bowls and as the hour is reached the bowls are released which in turn tips the arms and chimes the bells.
At night a light beam shines down to the base showing the time.

The Gelder Group are proud to have been able to play a part in restoring this unique piece of art in Lincoln. If you would like to know more about our involvement with The Chimes, please get in touch.

Welcome Home!

The Gooch family back in their home.

The Gooch family back in their home.

Restoration of Mr & Mrs Gooch’s home commenced on the 6th January 2016 following the devastation caused in the North of England by Storm Frank. Working closely with Ellis May and Xeric, Gelder Group welcomed the couple back in their home within 7 weeks of commencing work.

Mr Gooch commented:

We are very happy with all the work, everything ran smoothly and to schedule.

Chris Kent, Branch Manager of the Insurance Repair team that undertook the work also commented:

My team are working tirelessly to restore properties. It’s always great to hand them back to homeowners.

If you would like more information about our Insurance division and their work, please get in touch.

Policy Holder is back in her home after devastation caused by Storm Eva

Joanne Wood being presented with flowers from Gelder Tradesman.

Joanne Wood being presented with flowers from Gelder Tradesman.

Only eight weeks after Lancashire was hit by Storm Eva, policy holder, Joanne Wood is back in her property with the help of Gelder Group and Ellis May. Joanne Wood was delighted to be back in her property and sent a personal message to convey her thanks to the team at Gelder Group.

Just to say a huge thank you to the Gelder Group for the efficiency of putting my house back together. Both Mark and Kevin worked hard to get the job done on time and to a high standard. Thank you also for coordinating the whole process. The continual communication from start to finish has been greatly appreciated and gives peace of mind with the situation.

On the Storm over the Christmas period Louisa Sharp (Head of Insurance Repair & Renovation) commented:

Our teams are working hard within the areas affected by the storms, returning policy holders to their homes as swiftly as possible.

If you would like more information about our Insurance division and the work they’re involved in, please get in touch.

Busy Christmas and New Year for Xeric

Flats at Cockermouth, stripped and dried in record time.

Flats at Cockermouth, stripped and dried in record time.

Storm Desmond saw Xeric receive record December instructions, with the team working in Cumbria throughout the festive period. Now, with further flooding, it looks as though they are going to enjoy a very busy first few months of 2016.

Xeric operate the UK’s largest fleet of high energy drying equipment. The speed at which properties are dried out means that owners are back in their properties much quicker. This saves huge sums of money in alternative accommodation and business interruption costs.

For more information about the services provided by Xeric, please get in touch, or visit Xeric’s dedicated website.

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