CHURCH SURVEY WITH A DIFFERENCE
Project: Cambridge Hall (Tin Tabernacle), Kilburn, North London
Client: Genesis Housing Association
Services provided: Building/Quinquennial Survey
Contract value: Undisclosed
Prefabricated corrugated galvanised iron buildings or ‘Tin Tabernacles’ were a relatively cheap, easy and popular way to build ecclesiastical buildings in the Victorian era.
Cambridge Hall, Kilburn, started life in 1863 as St James’s Episcopal Chapel but during the 1950s it became the base of the Willesden & St Marylebone Sea Scouts.
A Grade II Listed Building of Special Architectural Importance, the hall is constructed of corrugated iron with a corrugated asbestos board roof; inside is fitted and decorated as a naval war ship.
As part of a Planning Application for a new residential development on land adjacent to Cambridge Hall, Daniel Connal Partnership was appointed by the Genesis Housing Association to carry out a Quinquennial survey on the building to establish its condition and identify urgent repairs required to remove the hall from the Historic England ‘At Risk’ Register.
The Quinquennial inspection involved a thorough survey of all aspects of the building’s fabric and plot to identify any problems which had developed since the previous inspection, establishing priorities for repair over a five year period, ensuring the preservation of the building. Problems identified were rated A to E according to the urgency of the required repair, with A being the most urgent and E being a desirable improvement with no timescale assigned.
Where historic buildings are concerned, successful identification of the cause of a problem rests on a thorough understanding of the way traditional materials and structures work. Our extensive experience working with historic buildings and skilled cost estimation provided the necessary expertise to successfully complete the commission and assist in progressing this interesting scheme.