Repairs to the decorative corbels at Albert Hall Mansions
This mansion block is next to The Albert Hall in Kensington. It dates from 1882 and was designed by the architect Richard Norman Shaw (1831-1912) The decorative corbels under the balcony are constructed from TLB red rubbers and hide an RSJ that provides the structural support for the balcony. The poor condition of the corbels was noted in 2002 by Mike Stock, an English Heritage architect who reported ‘poor detailing of the balcony ‘drip’ allowed water to run over the balcony front and into the joint between the underside of the balcony, and the top of the brackets. This resulted in corrosion of both the supporting joists and the upper cramp, with inevitable oxide ‘jacking’ causing serious damage to the gauged work…’
Further information about Albert Hall Mansions and the use of reinforcement in gauged work can be found in Lynch (2007) The History of Gauged Brickwork.