83 East Street, Chichester. PO19 1HA

    Fire Damage Re-instatement

    Client: The F G Woodger Trust
    Insurer: Aviva

    83 East Street, in the heart of Chichester’s main shopping street, suffered a catastrophic fire in early 2011.

    This mid-terrace four storey (plus basement) Grade II Listed building is occupied by the retailer Fat Face on the ground floor and has residential accommodation above.

    The building has a Georgian brick façade and brick rear elevation also but was otherwise timber framed. An undamaged section of 16th Century timber framing was retained at second floor level on one side. The building was otherwise destroyed and with damage also suffered on either side to retailers River Island and Country Casuals.

    Following detailed discussions with the Conservation Officer, a scheme of remedial works was agreed. The ground floor retail shop floor was retained and much of the floor structure above. Otherwise the entire interior was removed leaving just the front and rear elevations.

    A steel frame was then installed extending down into the basement and the building then fully reconstructed largely in oak beneath a pitched and tiled roof. The site circumstances were such that access was available via a narrow staircase at the rear only. Consequently, to deal with the removal of debris, the scaffold included a raised ramp.

    We were supported by Archibald Shaw Structural Engineers and the main contractors were Chivertons (now RW Armstrong).

    The project was highly commended by the Sussex Heritage Trust in 2013.