Saltaire Village Terraced House

Sector: Residential

• Lath and lime plaster

In 1851 the leading industrialist Sir Titus Salt built not only a large textile mill but a complete model-village by the River Aire and the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Named after him, Saltaire came to be recognised as a major development in the history of 19th century urban planning and was designated a World Heritage site in 2001. In contrast to other World Heritage sites such as the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Egypt, Saltaire is not a monument, but a thriving community.

Vicar Tony Mills asked Ornate Interiors to help with the renovation of his two-up-two-down terraced house on Helen Street, a listed building within the conservation area. It was important to choose the traditional method of 3-coat sand and lime plastering for the outer walls, which allows the building to breathe and prevents damp. Sand and lime are natural products and sympathetic to the architecture and design of buildings in Saltaire.

Ornate Interiors understand the possible pitfalls of mortaring on the hard, so undertook comprehensive tests to ensure the areas were dust-free and prepared meticulously to ensure a consistent base for subsequent layers of plaster. The results reflect the integrity of Ornate Interiors when dealing with preservation and conservation projects, whatever their scale.

“Owning or occupying a listed building in Saltaire brings with it the responsibility of caring for an important part of our local heritage. In this instance Tony has stayed true to this ethos and we applaud his approach and that of Ornate Interiors, which will pay dividends in both the short and long term”
Conservation officer at Bradford City Council

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