Chris Braceys artwork aside, work is now complete on the shop fronts at Blackhorse Lane. Some have questioned why Yasser’s remains untouched and a bit shabby while a few wags have suggested the area be rechristened Brownhorse Road in honour of its new paint job.
Here’s what We Made That had to say about how the upgrade took shape:
With regards to the painting – when the contractor carried out the range of brick-stripping test identified it was determined that due to the brick condition it was likely that the bricks would be de-faced by the paint removal (which would have compromised their weatherproofing integrity). Ultimately it has been necessary to rebuild certain portions of the gable wall as well as localised remedial repairs. It was also necessary to replace many of the timber bargeboards and reinstate finials on these properties.
18 and 20 BHL uppers were retained as exposed brickwork, with cleaning and remedial works in places.
One change to our envisaged scheme is that Yasar’s decided at a late stage not to participate in the shopfront improvement scheme, and it therefore proved necessary not to make the planned improvements to their shopfronts at 8-10 BHL (albeit improvements to their uppers were implemented). On a personal level this is a shame, but given the buildings are not council-owned we are subject to the approval and consent of private owners.
Chris Bracey has been developing his proposals to date and I understand installation is programmed to take place in the coming weeks – which we are very much looking forward to!