CLIENT: Jeremy Irons CONSULTANT: Tim Meek REPAIR DISCIPLINES: Industrial rope access, surface cleaning, lime washing
THE PROBLEM Kilcoe Castle was a crumbling stack, ravaged over time by the elements of Ireland’s south west coast. Bought by the multi-award winning actor Jeremy Irons, he lovingly restored it to become a habitable home, project managing the restoration himself over 20 years ago by Tim Meek. After 20 years of exposure on the South West tip of Irelands coast we found the protective lime wash had worn back to to the underlying harling leaving it vulnerable to the elements. On some of the more protected elements algae had become established and was well adhered to the surface.
Limerich surveyed the castle, recommending Industrial Rope Access under IRATA guidelines we installed rigging points and established operating systems to undertake the works to a regimental discipline.
We the gently washed the established algae and lichen growth, using low pressure hot washers to remove the algae growth and any other loose particles without damaging the lime harling.
We applied 5 coats of pre-mixed and coloured lime wash to the surface ensuring each coat was well burnished.
We estimated the operation would take 32 days, we completed it in 28 consecutive days for less than the cost of the scaffolding alone
We completed the project in 28 days – for less than the cost of erecting scaffolding around the castle
Oh, and we enjoyed dinner and good chat most evenings with Jeremy himself – terrific client!