19 December 2015
by Rebecca Bennett, FCPD
A team from Cliveden Conservation, in conjunction with The Morton Partnership, have undertaken an initial six-week programme of repairs for the London Borough of Bromley to treat Iggy, the iconic standing Iguanodon.
We explained some of Iggy’s problems in a previous post.
This work started in mid-November and involves:
- Stabilising the whole structure
- Repairs to cracked and lost concrete and render
- Overall cleaning and removal of damaged paint
- Restoring paintwork and lost areas
- The first few weeks of work have now been successfully completed.
Work so far:
Cleaning: The existing cracks have been cleaned, the dirt and organic growth between the scales have been removed. The team has started removing damaged paint and cleaning the whole structure with a pressure washer. They have also tested different methods of removing all paint across the entire surface.
Operating: Failed concrete and render has been cut out and Iggy’s cracks have been stitched up with stainless steel pins and clamps.
Cosmetic surgery: samples of mortar and paint have been prepared to decide how best to fill in the areas of loss and repair the surface damage.
Dentistry: The team are taking out very damaged teeth and thinking about how to repair ones that are only a little chipped.