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Southstoke copper canopy restoration

The team at Ironart recently restored this beautiful 19th Century cast iron canopy at a property in Southstoke on the outskirts of Bath.Measuring approximately 15 metres in length and featuring a wrought iron framework with cast iron infill detail and a copper roof, the canopy was suffering from significant corrosion as a result of years of neglect.

Restoration work involved stripping down the entire structure on site, removing over 500 bolts, numbering each section before being sent to the workshop for paint removal, general repairs and treatment of the corroded areas.

Once all repair work had been completed the whole structure was then decorated before being refitted on site. Working in conjunction with a Coppersmith, we fabricated an entirely new roof covering from 0.7mm copper sheet which was then fitted to the ironwork using appropriate isolating material to prevent the possibility of bi-metallic corrosion. The decision was made not to replace the unsightly fibreglass panels that had been installed previously.

We look forward to seeing the canopy over the years as the copper develops its blue patina.