Restoring the Tuck Pointing on the front facade of Snodland Station, Kent
In 2016 Snodland Railway Station in Kent benefited from a 1.1 million redevelopment jointly funded by the Dept of Transport, Kent County Council, and the Railway Heritage Trust. The Georgian Brickwork team were delighted to provide their specialist tuck pointing skills on behalf of Apollo Brickwork who secured the main contract to renovate the brick station building..
The station at Snodland had been closed to passengers for 30 years and had last been used as a curry takeaway! Inevitably it was not in good shape. The front facade had originally been tuck pointed and careful and sympathetic restoration was required in order to undo years of neglect.
The Georgian Brickwork team raked out the remains of the original mortar across the front of the building. Then colour washed with natural pigments the bricks to create and aesthetically pleasing and uniform colour in preparation for the ‘stopping’ (the first stage of restoring the mortar joints). Two types of stopping were used on the different yellow and red bricks and then a thin line of lime putty was added to finish the joint.
What is Tuck pointing?
Tuck pointing is a specialist joint between bricks that uses two contrasting colours of mortar. The first colour matches the bricks and the second contrasting colour is added afterwards to give the illusion of a very fine joint.
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