The Grade 2 Listed Alms houses at Trafalgar Square, Sunderland were built in 1840, and although they retain a lot of their character, they no longer perform from a technical perspective as they were intended. Like many buildings which have gone through phases of repair and refurbishment involving the replacement of timber ground floors with concrete, cement mortar pointing, cement rendering and such like, this has resulted in dampness and decay.

Edwards Hart have been appointed by the Sunderland Aged Merchant Seaman’s Homes Trust to undertake an intensive building survey and investigation to properly understand its condition, develop solutions and to design and specify works which will sustain Trafalgar Square into the future.

The three year works programme is due to commence this summer and will be overseen by Edwards Hart Director John Edwards who said: “We have carefully and methodically analysed the building following BS 7913: 2013 and are at the stage of selecting the contracting team for this £ million plus project”.