Ruddocks of Lincoln
In 2009, Ruddocks of Lincoln, the local printers and stationers, celebrated 125 years of business with the re-opening of their retail shop in the cities’ High Street, following a major facelift.
The scheme involved external repairs to the complex rear of the grade II listed building, and also the design the new shop front, done in the style of the original shop of the 19th century. This replaced the then existing 1960s shop front. The repairs also included complete re-roofing, reusing the existing slate and new matching slate, while new windows replaced their rotten predecessors. Cast iron rainwater goods replaced the failing plastic items, and the redecoration was carried out using colours to match those of the original building.
The project was accomplished whilst keeping the shop open at all times, and several interesting discoveries were made during the on site works, including the use of cast iron composite beams to support the floors above the shop front.