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Raj Bhavan, Nainital.

Project: Raj Bhavan
Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand
Owner: Govt. of Uttarakhand
Consultant: Abha Narain Lambah & Associates, Mumbai

Raj Bhavan, also known as the Governor’s House built on the area of 220 acres, in the line of Buckingham Palace London, having double storied 113 rooms. It has marvellous and beautiful garden, golf links, swimming pool and is covered with lush green area of Deodar and Oak trees.

The architecture, professionally has been termed as “the early domestic Gothic style”. The front is dominated by six castellated turrets which still stands tall after the removal of the steep pinnacles which crowned them. The back view of the house depicts the English country house.

The fabric of the main, then included a local stone, a dark grey marble, mixed in the interior cross walls with local dolomite limestones. The fabric of the main stairway, paneling of the dining room, all the doors and windows and some of the principal floors is Teak.Elsewhere, shisham, satin wood, cypress and sal were used. The glass, tiles, brass fittings and iron pipes came from England. The house stands upon a plateau at an altitude of 1932.37 metres above sea-level with rising ground behind it.

The Helifix solution

There were many problems to this gothic beauty which mainly included cracked units, bulging of walls, separation of the corners, cracks in and above the arches, weathering effects with no active movement of the structure. Thus, a proven and reliable means of stabilising the property was required which could work well together with masonry repairs to the superstructure that would restore full structural integrity. So Helifix decided to fulfill the structural integrity through

Carefully removing some areas of stonework and rebuilding with original and new similar stones. Stabilising the arches by installing circumferential cords of double Helibar, around the gable wall and above some of the corridor arches, securing the adjoining masonry. Vertical installation of HeliBond CemTie into the arches of the masonry. Filling the cracks with CrackBond TE. The whole area was repointed with lime mortar to leave virtually no sign of the major structural repairs that had been carried out and restored to its former glory, now fully stabilised and secured.