New guttering reinvigorates a slew of buildings

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Guttering might not be the first thing that people think of when they visit an historic building or look at a prospective new house, but it is of course essential, and is definitely noticed more when it falls into disrepair. In the past month a number of landmarks and aging buildings around the country have been given new leases of life by the installation of new guttering, while others are set to have work carried out.

London guttering repairs

Repairs were recently carried out at London’s Westminster Central Hall, to the dome and roof. In addition to work to combat leaks, this included the installation of a new gutter system. Similar repairs have also been carried out at Lambeth Palace.

Southwark Cathedral meanwhile is one of two cathedrals in the London borough to have received cash from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. The fund has set up by the government and a number of church organisations to mark the passing of 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. The cathedral has received a grant of £325,000, which will be used to carry out urgent repairs to the guttering around the nave and other areas of the building.

Guttering woes for some

A primary school in Wales, however, has been less fortunate recently. Waunfawr Primary School in Caerphilly has been told by the borough council that it will have to find £50,000 from its own annual budget to replace broken drains and guttering. The council-owned building is 100 years old and currently has archaic metal guttering which is apparently coming loose. School governors are said to be outraged that money which would otherwise be spent on books and equipment has to be spent on the drainage system.

Good news for Luton council houses

Conversely, council house residents in Luton are to be treated to new guttering, as well as additional insulation. A scheme worth millions of pounds was recently unveiled by Luton Borough Council, which is aimed at cutting energy costs in approximately 750 council-owned properties.

For the rainwater system industry, the current interest in reinvigorating aging buildings can only be good news, and pro-active marketing may enable some to capitalise further.

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