Maker and Rame Institute and Clock Tower
The big storms of the 3rd, 4th and 5th February 2014 saw some of the largest storm waves attack the South Coast of Devon and Cornwall. The distinctive and iconic Maker and Rame Institute and Clock Tower, built on the sea front at Kingsand, sustained substantial damage.
The wall above the sea wall and lower terrace of the building was destroyed, as was the balcony above. The East facing corner of the building was breached; the Clock Tower was left in a tenuous state and seriously at risk of not only sustaining further damage, but collapse in any future storm event. The building above the breached east corner was in danger of collapse. The breach and storm wave eroded adjacent walls left the institute in a fragile and tenuous state, particularly with the threat of continuing storms.
JGP were commissioned, on the 7th February 2014, to engineer making safe the building and to protect it, as far as possible, from further storm damage. Celtic Construction were instructed to carry out the works, under JGP instruction. Over the weekend of Saturday the 8th and 9th of February, Celtic Construction worked in very difficult conditions to install props to remove the risk of immediate collapse.
Further works to protect the building, as far as practical, from the vagaries of further storms, are planned for this week and next.