Renovation of Southampton's iconic Bargate now complete26th July 2016
The Bargate, Southampton's iconic Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre, has been revealed to the public following significant restoration works which commenced in March.
The 800 year old Bargate had been suffering from water ingress on the battlemented parapet, which was then passing down inside the thick stone walls dissolving the ancient lime mortar. This had been caused by the use of Portland cement mortar in the early 20th century when the parapet was rebuilt.
Portland cement was also used on the front face of the building in the 1930s, which was trapping the incoming water and causing the stones to decay. To remedy this, the parapet has now been waterproofed and the old repointing cut out. All the restoration work has been completed using lime mortar, matching the materials originally used during construction.
Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Leisure said: "I've been really excited to see the scaffolding coming down from around the Bargate over the past week, so that it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the city once more.
"This crucial work will ensure future generations can continue to admire one of the south's most famous historic landmarks for many years to come, and demonstrates the council's continued commitment to maintaining our city's heritage".
West Sussex-based Chichester Stoneworks, who were appointed by Southampton City Council to complete the work, have had extensive experience in working with Scheduled Ancient Monuments, including prestigious projects with the Royal Palaces, The Quadrangle at Buckingham Palace and many more in the City of London.