I scan the local news on a daily basis to see what’s going on locally and nationally and a headline this week caught my eye in the Bolton News.

A town centre mill is being converted further, with an additional 26 Manhattan style apartments added to the 124 which had planning permission granted in 2016. 

“The building, which was formerly known as the Glove Hosiery Works, was built in 1884 and rebuilt in 1929 by Hodgkinson and Gillbrand, which made knitted and crocheted hosiery.”

Bolton and Manhattan are not two places mentioned in the same breath usually, but there is some connection, albeit loose, I reckon. 

New York has a long heritage as a base for manufacturing, whilst Bolton’s is arguably more impressive, but as industry has changed, as the traditional Victorian work has disappeared, both places are left with buildings on a grand scale that are central but no longer used for working. 

It has the Domino Sugar Refinery, the largest in the world until production stopped in 2004 and it was given protected landmark status – with an eye on residential conversion.

It’s the same with retail bases in Bolton and any other town in Britain. The likes of Toys R Us, BHS, Blockbuster closing means that many town and city centres have huge empty retail spaces that perhaps need some creative thinking about conversion to residential dwellings. 

Giants like Toys R Us come with incredibly generous parking space and how long will it be before we see these converted like Bolton’s Glove Hosiery Works or New York’s Domino Sugar Refinery?

Which brings me neatly to Chicago.

How are people and animals coping in that freak wintry weather, where wind chill temperatures have been measured at -57 degrees? There’s photos online like this:



which show the devastation inside properties – and outside.

Bolton is no stranger to snow but Rivington and Blackrod, Horwich and Belmont, to name just four, don’t see scenes like this.

Buildings in Chicago and other places need to be protected from extreme elements like this. 

So what has all this got too do with Damp Tech NW Ltd and the services we offer?

The first point is that winter causes most problems in buildings with damp and condensation. When water freezes, it expands and can quickly seep into walls and roofs that are not are adequately protected. Frozen gutters can cause damp stains to appear on ceilings and walls as water has nowhere to escape to. 

As we state on our services page, no two jobs are alike and we approach with an open mind and 35 years of experience in the industry.

If you need expert advice on any aspect of building, decorating, damp and condensation, call me today on: 07814 919252.

I’m quite an intrepid fellow and snow of Bolton proportions never deters me!


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