The Registry, Portsmouth



The Registry is a grade II listed building set in the heart of Portsmouth,
renovated in 2015 and converted into a student  accommodation block consisting of 41 self contained flats.


During high winds the end gable wall of the building collapsed, which was caused the inhabitation of various rooms. Our remit was to rebuild the wall, including the replacing of all damaged stone work and return all rooms back to normal occupation.

On investigation, it appears that the design life of the building had become exceeded, with additional detrimental effects caused  by tarnished / de-bonded and a lack of strapping back to main structure, following the recent construction works.

Access was gained to the wall via fixed scaffolding, temporary protection was installed to try and keep the rooms / structure safe and alleviate from any further water damage.


Due to the building being listed, consent had to be gained from the conservation officer regarding the type and colour of brick work and how we were proposing to replace the damaged and missing sandstone edge, corner and coping stones.

Following confirmation a specific brick was chosen and the plan was to try and replicate the missing stone work. This was carried out by reproducing the existing damage pieces of stone, by providing drawings and constructing timber and block work templates, to enable our stone mason to reproduce the original sandstone items.

The first course of action was to block up the internal wall and lay Michelmersh Farnham red bricks to the external wall, additional ties were added, which were accessed from the flats.

There were a number of broken roof slates, which we replaced prior to installing new lead work.

On completion of all brick work the newly manufactured edge, corner and coping stones were installed to complete the all external works. All internal decorations and repairs were then carried out to finalise the project.

Description of all Works Carried Out:

  • Installation of external scaffolding
  • Installation of new supporting steel work
  • Rebuild internal block work wall
  • Rebuild external brick work in Michelmersh red bricks
  • Access rooms / loft space to install new ties and strapping
  • Template and supply new stone work
  • Replace damaged and missing edge and corner stones
  • Install new lead work to roof
  • Replace missing and damaged coping stones
  • Supply and replace broken high level windows
  • Carry out the decoration and repairs to the affected rooms

Conclusion  / Key Achievements:

The works were successfully completed to the satisfaction of the
conservation officer.

Redbridge carried out all the works to aid a smooth transition in completing the project in a timely fashion and with the least disruption to the residents.

The Registry, Portsmouth

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