Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Co Cork Restored to its former glory by Colman Howard Lime Plastering

CASEA Bauprocalc KAP 830 Natural Hydraulic Lime Plaster and SMET NHL 3.5 Natural Hydraulic Lime Binder were selected by Colman Howard Lime Plastering for the renovation of this important building in Cork.

Bauprocalc KAP 830 is manufactured from a controlled blend of selected aggregates, NHL and other components to give a high-quality rendering product which is suitable for use in external rendering and internal plastering. This CE marked product is a factory produced Natural Hydraulic Lime Plaster, specially designed for hand and machine application produced to DIN EN 998-1: 2003. The product’s unique properties such as; high water vapour permeability (breathability), sustainability, and the special composition which allows constant hygrometric exchange between the substrate and the environment, were the key drivers in the selection of this lime system.

Smet Supported Partner, Colman Howard Lime Plastering applied the high-quality products to a high-class finish. Another show case of sympathetic restoration, using top quality NHL products available from Smet Building Products Ltd. The overall building contractor was Gowen Construction Ballyhooly, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Colman Howard Lime Plastering tell us a bit more about the significance of the renovation: ‘the building provides an imposing feature on Patrick Street, offering an unusual gable-fronted façade to the streetscape. It’s varying but symmetrical openings enhance its tall form, which is articulated by the render pilasters and sill courses. The oculus opening is an unusual feature and is highlighted by its moulded render surround. During surveying works, the historic building’s original pitch pine ceiling was uncovered, a masterpiece in carpentry. A local architect was engaged to redesign the store, dividing it into two retail units and we were very proud to be awarded the contract to be involved in this restoration, our reputation has been built on the quality of our work and the skill and expertise of our craftsmen, this project offered us the opportunity to showcase our skills to the full’.