project: Solent Flour Mill External Refurbishment

client: Rank Hovis (Premier Foods Ltd)
location: Southampton
duration: 4 months
value: £320,000

scope of works:

Structural assessment
Facade cleaning
Concrete repairs
Application of anti-carbonation coatings
Re-decoration of all windows
Brickwork repairs
Installation of hoppers
Roofing remedial works
Window remedial works
Installation of anit-pest control measures

“What could have been a difficult project was made easier by CRL’s excellent attitude.”

Kevin O’Leary
Project Manager
Rank Hovis (Premier Foods Ltd)

Due to a preservation order placed on Solent Flour Mill, previously Hovis Flour Mill, and as a result of years of neglect this listed building started to attract attention from the local authorities for the wrong reasons. With this in mind CRL were commissioned to refurbish the structures front facade to ensure the buildings future and restore it to its previous best.

CRL were working on a very tight programme and to ensure the projects efficiency we employed mast climbers as the chosen form of access along the front elevation to enable works to commence almost immediately. Using mast climbers enabled a completed section of the façade to be signed off on time for the Clients inspection.

Following a comprehensive structural survey, the works involved a full clean down of the facade including all brickwork and concrete surfaces. Any necessary concrete repairs were undertaken before applying an anti carbonation coating to the concrete surfaces. Other refurbishment works carried out on the facade included full re-decoration of all windows and doors and the necessary replacement of broken windows and new sealants around all windows and doors. Upon completion the external refurbishment works revitalised the flour mills facade and ensured that this historic structure is preserved for decades to come.