Damp Proofing Margate’s Cellars and Basements

In the ever-evolving landscape of timber and damp control, few stories capture the essence of revitalisation as profoundly as that of Rochester Building and Damp’s transformative journey with Thanet Council.
Back in 2022, this tale began with the inception of a commercial flood damage contract, marking the initial steps towards a partnership destined to reshape the local business owned cellars and basements of Cliftonville, Margate.

In the last two years, what commenced as a singular project expanded into a comprehensive endeavour, encompassing not just flood damage repair but also extensive tanking and refurbishment works. The evolution of this contract mirrored the resilience and adaptability of both Rochester Building and Damp and the community it served. At the helm of this endeavour stood longtime business partners, Martin Sykes and Emma Page. Their unwavering commitment and vision propelled the project forward, guiding it through every twist and turn. Their decision to relocate to coastal business premises was not just a practical move but a symbolic one, underscoring their dedication to the seaside town and its inhabitants.

Cliftonville in Margate, with its rich history and architectural charm, served as the canvas upon which Rochester Building and Damp crafted their masterpiece. Each basement they encountered held a story waiting to be retold—a narrative of neglect transformed into one of rejuvenation and renewal.
But this journey was not without its challenges. From logistical hurdles to technical complexities, every step forward demanded ingenuity and perseverance. Yet, through it all, Martin and Emma remained steadfast, their leadership inspiring confidence in their small team and instilling hope in the hearts of the community.

As the project progressed, it became evident that it was not just about renovating basements; it was about breathing new life into the very soul of Cliftonville. The once-forgotten spaces now pulsed with vitality, offering a glimpse into a brighter future for the neighbourhood. The success of Rochester Building and Damp’s endeavour transcended mere construction; it was a testament to the power of collaboration and the transformative potential inherent in every restoration project. Beyond the physical structures, it was about fostering a sense of pride and belonging within the community, instilling a newfound appreciation for the beauty that lay beneath the surface.

Completion of the extended Thanet Council contract is now estimated to end in late May, to early June 2024.
Both Martin and Emma are expected to return to Medway in July.

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