Bradford landmarks restored to former glories

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WHEN William Anelay first opened for business, Britain had just witnessed the Jacobite rising and the world of commerce moved at the pace of a packhorse.

Today the business is doing its bit to spruce up two towering landmarks in Bradford city centre.

Conservation specialist William Anelay, which was founded in 1747, has completed the first phase of repair work to the chimney stacks, stonework and Channing Way elevation at Bradford City Hall.

Britannia House, which stands nearby, has also undergone emergency repairs.

Nigel Kynaston, William Anelay’s contracts manager, said: “The rusting structural steel frame at Britannia House was causing the stonework to split on every elevation and required urgent attention.

“We’ve used Cathodic Protection, a method that’s popular within the maritime industry, to prevent rust but rarely used in construction, to provide a structural integrity using almost 2,000 tiny anodes inserted into the stonework. It’s a technique used to control the corrosion of metal surfaces by making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell.

“We are also working on general stonework degradation at Bradford City Hall across the road from Britannia House and have completed phase one. We’ve carried out repointing and stonework repairs and replacement at this venue, as well as making the chimney stacks safe for decades to come, with phase two work due to start soon on other elevations.”

Based in York and Manchester, William Anelay employs 100 staff and has a turnover of £30m.