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Newton Specialist Contractor Anglian Tectonics provided expertise and experience in waterproofing the Grade II Listed Folkestone Town Hall to transform it into the new Folkestone Museum.

The Project

The large, Grade II Listed Old Town Hall in Folkestone received generous donations from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the Folkestone HEART (Heritage, Education, Art, Regeneration and Tourism) project to create a new museum and cultural hub in the building’s old basement.

With their local expertise and experience in installing waterproofing to listed properties, Newton Specialist Contractor Anglian Tectonics worked closely with project architects Godden Allen Lawn and main contractor Coombs to design a waterproofing solution for this valuable project.

The Solution

Considering the valuable artefacts and antiquities that were going to be housed in the new museum, it was crucial that the waterproofing system provided a completely dry basement area, classified as ‘Grade 3’ by the British Standard for Waterproofing, BS 8102:2009. Anglian Tectonics therefore designed a full Newton CDM System for the basement area.

In a Grade II Listed building such as this, the CDM System is also ideal as it is sympathetic to the existing structure, and if necessary it can be removed in future without damaging the basement walls.

Anglian installed over 600m2 of Newton 508 membrane, which captures and directs ingressing water into a perimeter system of of Basedrain drainage channels, that in turn connect to safe internal drainage at both basement and sub-basement level to ensure safe removal of the water.

The Result

By installing an effective and guaranteed waterproofing system that is also sympathetic to the Grade II Listed building, Anglian Tectonics have helped to create this new space of inspiration, displaying the towns heritage and art collections for all to enjoy whilst ensuring that the artefacts are properly conserved and cared for in perpetuity.

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“Effective and durable waterproofing was a critical part of the refurbishment to create the new Folkestone Museum. The waterproofing was challenging as the building is Grade 2 listed so it had to minimize disturbance to the historic fabric. Godden Allen Lawn have worked with Anglian Tectonics before, so we approached them to develop the detailed specification for the waterproofing system. We also subsequently named them as the preferred sub-contractor for the installation of Newton’s Products. Gary and his team were efficient, helpful and professional throughout the design and installation, and we would highly recommend both them and the Newton waterproofing system” Nick Lawn, Partner - Godden Allen Lawn Architects

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