Connaught Mansions, Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath
It is indicated that scaffolding has already been erected as part of works to stabilise the existing metal fire escapes, which are in a poor structural condition; it is unclear as to whether the scaffolding in situ has been tied to the northern elevation. Where possible, we maintain that scaffolding should be freestanding to minimise the need to drill into the stonework of a primary elevation of a listed building. Should fixings be unavoidable, these should be limited to the mortar joints to minimise irreversible damage. Where tie-in points may have already resulted from the existing scaffolding system, these should be suitably filled in and repaired with an appropriate lime-based mix once the works have been completed, to ensure as close a colour match with the stonework as possible. We would recommend that appropriate samples of the proposed mix are supplied to the case officer as part of the application.