CHESTER'S historic architecture is a key part of its success, according to Chester Town Hall's design and conservation manager.
Howard Dickenson was speaking about conservation work carried out at 8-10 Northgate Row.
Problems were found when the rear of the building was investigated, revealing movement at the top of the gable. It was feared the roof, described as 'complex', could fail.
Scaffolding was installed to support the exterior of the building and the inside was propped.
Plans for the work were agreed with the new owners and repairs included ties, reinforcement, repointing, replastering and work on the windows.
'The whole operation was tricky because of the location of the building and the need to keep at least part of the street open to vehicles,' said Mr Dickenson.
He is pleased there has been a minimum of demolition, with most of the repairs being carried out where they were needed.
'This should, when the building is back in full use, result in a street scene almost indistinguishable from the way it was before,' he said.
Mr Dickenson describes the work as 'truly conservation in action in a city whose historic architecture is distinctive and a key element of its commercial success'.