Refurb Renovation News - Issue 54

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Earthborn’s silicate masonry paint provides the ultimate protection

SILICATE MASONRY PAINT FOR ALL SURFACES For years, customers have asked if they can use Earthborn’s Silicate Masonry Paint on previously painted masonry. Well, now they can. The newly formulated Bonding Primer can be used alongside Silicate Masonry Paint for exterior masonry surfaces that do not need to breathe. This means that the 48 beautiful shades can be used on all buildings. Bonding Primer provides a mechanical bond between a ‘sealed’ wall and the paint, allowing Silicate Masonry Paint to ‘stick’ to the pre painted surface. And in places where there is a mix of painted and unpainted masonry, you can now spot prime the patches where the previous paint cannot be removed with Bonding Primer and prime the rest of the unpainted area with Silicate Primer. The updated Earthborn product range means that Silicate Primer used on uncoated masonry with Silicate Masonry Paint will create a highly breathable and permanent chemical bond. On existing, sound, previously painted surfaces (that don’t need to breathe), Bonding Primer used with Silicate Masonry Paint will create a strong mechanical bond.

Earthborn’s new Bonding Primer

Earthborn’s Silicate Masonry Paint has been used on a wide variety of buildings including windmills, historic halls, new builds, seafront cottages and farmhouses. This new primer means it can be used on an even wider range of buildings, including those with a mix of previously painted and bare masonry, as requested by customers keen to achieve the best protection for exterior masonry. Website:

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CRITTALL’S BRISTOL LONGSHOT Crittall windows have been installed in a refurbished historic tower in a harbourside location in the centre of Bristol. The Cheese Lane Shot Tower, although only constructed in 1969, has more than one claim to fame. The 43-metre-tall reinforced

concrete structure was designed as a replacement for the very first such building ever constructed, the Watts Tower, built by a local man William Watts who in 1775 invented the process of manufacturing lead shot for pistols and muskets by dropping molten lead through a sieve vertically into a

tank of water. The molten metal forms into a spherical shape as it falls and solidifies in the water. The original tower was demolished in 1968 but replaced by the present structure which became the last shot tower to be built in England. It was listed Grade II by English Heritage in 1995 thus saving it from demolition to make way for an office development. Instead, it was incorporated into the scheme as a local landmark. The building is currently owned by the Workforce Development Trust that now occupies the first and second floors of the office building surrounding the tower which has since been refurbished.

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Crittall Corporate W20 vertical pivot and fixed windows with pressed metal cills have been installed in the 12-sided room at the top of the tower. This was originally the crucible room that housed a gas-fired cast iron cauldron where lead ingots were melted before the molten metal was dropped down the tower. The room, with its new fenestration, is now available to rent as a unique meeting space.