How Does British Standard:7913 Affect You

The principles Rochester Building and Damp work to are clearly covered by the BS7913 standard, which describes best practice in the management and treatment of historic buildings. It applies to historic buildings with and without statutory protection such as Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Regency homes from 1700 to 1920. Why we use BS7913 is to provide … Read more

Alternatives to Traditional Plasters

Martin Sykes of Rochester Building and Damp looks at the alternatives to traditional plasters when seeking to re-cover damp walls, considering the possibilities of impervious coverings along with hybrid and insulated plasterboards.  Traditional plasters have been used on internal walls for thousands of years to create smooth, decorative surfaces. Lime-based plasters, for instance, were being … Read more

Updates and Amendments to Recent Posts on Kent Business Hub

Rochester Building and Damp Construction Company Open today until 20:00     UPDATES AND AMENDMENTS    Rochester Building and Damp are a respected local family business, with owner Dan McLean having started in the timber and damp industry in 1987. We provide a service for the homeowner, landlord and property developer. Whether your property is … Read more

A Study of Victorian Terrace Property within Rochester East Ward

Our Services Rochester Building and Damp is primarily a damp proofing business specalising in structural building works. Our specific knowledge and experience of historic local architecture, antiquated building practices and archaic construction methodology, distinguishes us from our competitors within the ‘timber and damp’ industry.  Irrespective of whether a building maintains listed status, Medway-based Victorian era … Read more

Updated Basement Regulations and Medway Fault Lines

  Many older properties in Medway have a basement or cellar. Originally intended as a sub-floor location for storage, most notably solid fuel; the majority of basements today are severely affected by saturation-level ingress. Therefore ‘tanking’ the basement remains a necessity if considering any form of conversion. Regulations regarding cellar/basement conversions have historically been perceived … Read more

New Build on St.Mary’s Island

  St.Mary’s island is a prime example of aesthetics over practicality. Development has been ongoing for a number of years now, with impressive town house properties in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The majority of properties in this location are unsuited to a marginally harsher environment to that of the rest of Medway. Built on elevated … Read more

Rochester Residential New-Build – Part 2

Horsted Park mould

A cursory perusal of accessible information and statistics, reveals a post millennial upturn in the economy had insentivised London authorities to initiate rehousing an unwanted demographic far outside the areas of potential gentrification. Rent increases for privately owned property became another reason that even the furthest corners of Londons boroughs were inaccessible to those who … Read more

Rochester Residential New-Build – Part 1

Development in Medway and damp in modern properties. Above: Horsted Park a new housing estate built opposite Rochester Airport. Although aesthetically unique and in a potentially prime location, the possibility of mould,mildew and ingress remains an ongoing concern in new-build property. Despite initial appearances to the contrary, the population density within Medway is currently estimated in … Read more

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