Project case histories illustrating Benring's resin systems expertise
A diverse and, we hope, interesting selection of project case histories demonstrating our extensive experience of supplying and applying our own formulated resin based repair and protection systems. With a lifetime of experience and a wealth of knowledge Tony Grimes and his Benring operatives have worked on an incredible range of projects and provided resin-based solutions to many problems encountered within the building and construction industries, repair, conservation and restoration of buildings and fine artefacts.
Bencon 39 epoxy resin helps conserve the National Trust's Upton House Mirror Pool
It had been discovered that the 1930s constructed lining of the Mirror Pool in the gardens of Upton House was leaking: the pond has a “puddled” clay lining to the bottom and there’s a small dam to one end which seems built of stone and with a cementitious screed to the inner face, this to make quite sure the whole is watertight. The pond is fed from a small stream / spring at one end and spills through at the other courtesy of a drainpipe set in order to make sure the right level of water is maintained.
Bencon 20 Epoxy Resin used to repair fine 19th century Italian violin
Matthew Wing is a professional restorer of violins and other string instruments based in Walthamstow. This can be an incredibly delicate task and instruments are often very old and of high value, so you've got to get it right! We were fascinated to learn how Matthew uses our Bencon 20 product to fill worm tracks within the body of the instruments that he restores, and the incredible care taken to get it right.
Sedan Chair poles repaired using Bencon 20 Epoxy Resin
Stephen Loft-Simpson is a European Sedan Chair Specialist based in Bristol. He has provided consultancy and loaned a sedan chair for the BBC series “How we Built Britain” presented by David Dimbleby and also appeared with Tony Robinson as part of Channel 4’s first series “Worst Jobs in History”.
Stephen used our products for a repair on the original poles of one of his historic sedan chairs and although successful sought further advice, which we were very pleased to give.
Restored Windmill at Polegate uses Bencon 22 Epoxy Wood
Polegate Windmill was built in 1817 for Joseph Seymour. It continued to be operated by wind until 1943, when the fan-staging became unsafe. The mill was then powered by electricity until 1965 when it ceased operating commercially.
Earlier in 1952 Polegate Windmill was listed as a Grade II* building of historic interest. Concerns about its fate and other buildings like it during the early 1960s resulted in the formation of the Eastbourne and District Preservation Society.
The windmill was purchased and restored by the Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust in the late 1960s. They continue to maintain and operate it as a museum showcasing what is now the oldest working Tower Mill in the South East.
Benring is delighted that the Trust have found our Bencon 22 Epoxy Wood to be such a useful product in their ongoing task to maintain and manage Polegate Windmill for Future Generations.
Epoxy glass rods and resin rescue slumping historic bandstand
Biddulph, not far from Congleton, is the home of one of the countries’ most interesting gardens; in scope they span the world with specimens bought in by Mr. Bateman whose father who had accumulated a fortune from coal and steel in the early 19C; Bateman Junior moved to the Grange from Knypersley Hall and began to indulge his passion for gardens and plants and luckily his wife was also keen. The story is vividly told in NT web sites.
A feature of the garden is a bandstand, unfortunately built on a slope and with precious few foundations; over time the retaining wall has moved, monitoring highlighted the acceleration in the slumping and we were invited to tender for the all too necessary stabilisation project.
On the platform - a good viewing point for guests - was a scattering of gravel underfoot, covering a packed earth base and this meant surface/rain water was able to trickle-in to the back of the retaining wall and so add more pressure on the retaining wall; no wonder it got tired!
So, here’s a structure bellying-out like a Victorian lady loosening her corset which had to be saved for the future; how was this accomplished?