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Architectural Conservation & Adaptive Reuse

Heritage Conservation for Uttrakhand Tourism, Kumaon

Taking up on a challenge of finding ways to restore a dilapidating and almost unstable structure without actually dismantling it, Suvir worked closely with senior structural engineers. A unique method was devised, where the problem of injection grouting - that otherwise could not work owning to large and irregular masonry gaps - was overcome by simply plastering temporarily the walls, leaving grout points in carefully positioned places. After successful injection grouting, the plaster was carefull removed, and the masonry was pointed back with mud-mortar. Final preservation of the mud-mortar pointing was done using silicone based applications, that protected the mud from water and moisture, yet allowing it to breathe.

This was the Asian Development Bank funded project called TRH Parichay, on the banks of Lake Naukuchiatal in Nainital district.