Bricks were repaired on the elliptical archway which had the added challenge of 3 springing points. We reinstated the archway leaving it gauged and perfectly back to its original splendour. Gauged brickwork is a term used to describe the superior finish required in the details of an important brickwork elevation such as this archway. We achieved this through shaping the individual bricks to produce a high degree of regularity, accurate dimensions and extreme fineness in the joints.
Once all bricks were re instated and restored we set about raking out all mortar joints. All mortar was carefully removed by the restoration team by hand. We then repointed the front façade in the original Irish Wigging pointing technique. We created a hybrid lime mortar mix to fill the joints, this is the only example, we are aware of, where you will find hybrid mixes used in restored Irish Wigging pointing.
We dedicated a lot of time and effort replicating the hybrid mixes, as we were passionate about retaining the integrity of the building and conserving the original craftsmanship. The lime hybrid mix allows the façade to breathe through the joints thus preventing trapped moisture causing any future deterioration to the façade. Hardness tends to creep up in lime mortar over time, which is why we used the hybrid mix to prevent this happening.
The parapet wall is very distinctive on this terrace of houses in that it forms a perfectly even line. This indicates all houses were built at the same time and with a lot more care than some examples of Georgian Terraces found in Dublin. The parapet stones and cappings were removed and repaired before being re-bedded back to their original position.