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Moor Hall heritage protection

Flexcrete’s Monodex Smooth anti-carbonation coating has been used to rejuvenate the façade of Michelin-starred Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in West Lancashire.

The company’s repair materials and Monodex Smooth coating were specified for repairs and coating of the external walls at Moor Hall in Aughton. Flexcrete Technologies Limited, which forms part of the AkzoNobel group of companies, manufactures its products in nearby Leyland, Lancashire. The restaurant has recently been awarded 4 AA rosettes for culinary excellence, plus its first Michelin star. Moor Hall was the only establishment in the North of England to be awarded a Michelin star in 2017.

Moor Hall is set in five acres of gardens with views over a lake, said to be the remains of a medieval moat. The building is a grade II* listed gentry house of mid-sixteenth century origin. The site was acquired by Andy and Tracey Bell in 2015 and it has undergone a dramatic renovation. Moor Hall is run in partnership with chef Mark Birchall who was previously Executive Chef of 2 Michelin Star L’Enclume in Cumbria. The stone façade of the building was rendered and damp-proofed and an aesthetic, protective coating was required for application to the external walls to provide a high class finish.

Specialists Protection for Heritage Structures

Flexcrete’s Monodex Smooth coating was specified for application to the façade of the building and the gable ends, due to its excellent track record of use on prestigious and heritage buildings all around the world. Specialist repair contractor W J Structures Ltd initially cleaned and washed the surface and all deep pockets requiring repair were filled with Monolite – a lightweight, high build, easily trowellable cementitious mortar which can be applied up to 100mm in a single application. Supplied as a single pack product, it simply requires the addition of clean water on-site.

The surface was then levelled with Monolevel FC, a cosmetic grade fairing coat which fills minor holes and defects and provides a smooth surface finish prior to overcoating. The façade and gable ends were coated with Monodex Smooth, a highly advanced, waterborne, elastomeric coating which is ideal for application to external walls. It provides excellent protection against carbonation, chloride penetration and water ingress, yet allows damp substrates to breathe.

Able to provide exceptional weatherproof protection, Monodex Smooth incorporates an active biocide which prevents the growth of mould and fungi on its surface. Due to its elastomeric properties, it is able to withstand thermal and structural movement without cracking or flaking and maintains an attractive appearance throughout its 15-year lifespan. Even in harsh climatic conditions, Monodex Smooth demonstrates excellent colour retention and strong UV resistance.