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Tarmac's heritage mortar stacks up

Restoration of an historic chimney and adjoining buildings was carried out with the aid of a lime-based pointing mortar from Tarmac's Limelite Heritage range.

Located on the site of a new Morrisons supermarket in the town centre of Swadlincote, South Derbyshire, the Grade II listed buildings have been fully restored as part of a 73,000 sq ft superstore development carried out by main contractor, Sol Construction.

The 200ft chimney and buildings, built in 1910 from local brick, had served the boilers and kilns of the former Hepworth's pipe works until its closure in the 1990s. The site was subsequently sold to Wm. Morrison Supermarkets plc under the condition that the chimney and buildings would be preserved.

Tarmac’s Limelite Heritage Mortar was specified for the re-pointing project, in consultation with Sol Construction. Heritage Mortar is a dry bagged, pre-blended hydraulic mortar, developed for use where the structure to be re-pointed is considered to be delicate. Around 4.5 tonnes of the mortar was placed to give controlled strength, sympathetic to the Victorian brickwork.

Limelite Heritage Hydraulic Mortars are part of a range of cement-free mortars and grouts specially formulated by Tarmac CMS Pozament for historic restoration projects.

Further information or access to any photographs contact Mick Russell at Mick or call 020 7963 8000.

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