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Listed, town-centre premises, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Listed, town-centre premises, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Client: Johnsons Dry Cleaners Chain
  • Architect: Steven Knott, Ferrier Partnership, Cardiff
  • Project Value: £36K
  • Role: Main Contractor
Time was short on this challenging project, involving emergency repairs to save a listed, town-centre premises from collapsing. A lack of maintenance over many years had led to dry rot taking hold in the ends of the timber frame and, as a result, the oak-framed wall above the shop front was listing outwards, gradually coming apart from the building.

Scaffolding was quickly erected to stabilize the wall. On the inside we deployed extensive propping to the first and second floors in order to support and repair the roof. We then removed the front-elevation oak frame and infill plaster panels. A new timber frame was cut and fixed into place, incorporating a new sash window built to the same design as the original.

Unusually, the front elevation had been clad in “mathematical tiles”. These are clay tiles nailed, through a hole in the top, to a wooden batten. The tiles are thicker, and squared, at the bottom. Plus, the courses overlap so the finished result is almost indistinguishable from conventional brickwork when the joints are pointed. Mathematical tiling enjoyed some popularity in East Sussex and Kent in the 18th and 19th centuries, so its appearance further west, in Hampshire, came as a surprise. (As an aside, their use is a bit of a curiosity to many. You'd think conventional brickwork would have been more straightforward. But mathematical tiles require less skill to lay and weather better when glazed. They may have been seen as a way of economically re-cladding timber structures, or even as a way of circumventing King George III's brick tax, levied in 1784 and lasting until 1850.)

The tiles were carefully removed. Hand-made tile manufacturer Keymar was commissioned to make replicas where the originals were unusable. Old and new were mixed together and re-fixed to the battens, and the external wall was then decorated to finish.
  • Roofing
  • Planned Maintenance
  • Structural Repairs
  • Plastering
  • Lead Work
  • Masonry
  • Decorating


Phillips & Curry Ltd have a wealth of experience in all aspects of masonry. We have a team that is dedicated to producing high quality work which complements our other skilled trades.


A natural, renewable resource with a vast array of applications in structures old and new, timber remains the queen of heritage building materials. We believe in using quality, locally-sourced timber which, in the hands of experienced craftspeople, ensures beauty, functionality and durability.


Roofing has always been the mainstay of our business. Mike Curry has over 30 years experience in the trade and is recognised as a leading authority on stone roofing.

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