World Notre-Dame site: reinforcement for the vaults

21:30  22 january  2021
21:30  22 january  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Protected by high palisades, watched around the clock, the Notre-Dame construction site, with tightly controlled access for the press, has become almost a state secret! But rest assured, the work is progressing. "At the end of the shoring of the vaults, we will have completed the phase of securing the monument", assures General Jean-Louis Georgelin who chairs the public establishment responsible for the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame . This consolidation should start in early February. For the time being, in Jarny (Meurthe-et-Moselle), Le Bras Frères is preparing the operation, which is delicate as always on this extraordinary site.

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Rousselot of the Fondation Notre Dame expects it to take about four months just to secure the construction site . "The first donation was used for the safety work with the objective of putting the cathedral in relatively good shape before the rebuilding process can began.

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In its workshops, the construction of 52 wooden half-hangers is completed. Each weighing 1.5 tonnes, they will reinforce, inside Notre-Dame, five stone vaults, weakened by the fire on the night of April 15 to 16, 2019 , two in the choir, one in the north transept and two in the nave. The diagnosis has been made in recent months by Philippe Villeneuve, the chief architect of historical monuments, in charge since 2013 of Notre-Dame de Paris.

"The whole of France is helping us"

"Everything is going down to the millimeter. And we have no right to make mistakes, "explains Sébastien, one of the engineers working in the Le Bras Frères design office, to Jarny. On its screen: Notre-Dame de Paris reconstituted in 3D. Each of the half-hangers is, in fact, digitally designed and precisely adjusted to the arch under which it will be placed. Cap screwed on his head, Georgelin, followed by a small group of photographers and journalists, leads his visit at Le Bras on that day, from the design office to the manufacturing workshops.

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The company is one of the main players on the site. But everything that can be prepared upstream is in the Jarny workshops, such as the design of the half-hangers which will soon be transported by truck to Paris. "All of France is helping us restore Notre-Dame, a shadow work in several regions. The eight thousand pipes of the great organ were dismantled by organ builders from Corrèze, Hérault and Vaucluse, the stained glass windows in the upper bays were removed the day after the fire by master glassmakers from Aude , Côte-d'Or, Eure-et-Loir and Sarthe ”, rejoices Georgelin.

"Traditional know-how and contemporary techniques"

"Since April 16, 2019, we have been working non-stop at the cathedral," explains Julien Le Bras, the boss of the company. For our two subsidiaries, this represents the mobilization of around one hundred employees. We combine traditional know-how with contemporary techniques. ” Today that commitment is a kind of redemption. The hours after the fire were painful. Teams from Europe Scaffolding, a subsidiary of Le Bras Frères, were the only ones present at Notre-Dame on the day of the fire. Immediately, they were pointed out as being responsible for the incident. On April 15, 2019, they mounted the gigantic scaffolding, intended for the restoration of the spire of the cathedral, destroyed that evening by fire. Last November, the dismantling of its blackened and menacing carcass was completed.

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Nothing could be done on the vaults of Notre-Dame until the scaffolding, blocking their access, had not been removed. In Jarny, operators prepare for the assembly and delicate installation of the half-hangers under the vaults. The operation will take place thirty meters above the ground and scaffolding has already been erected inside the cathedral. They will serve as platforms to install arch reinforcements and then support. Again, everything is calculated to the millimeter. "We had to prop up the crypt of Notre-Dame," explains Didier Cuiset, the boss of Europe scaffolding. To secure the loads that will weigh on the ground.

The vault shoring is expected to be completed in July. And give the starting signal to the actual restoration work, including the construction of a lead roof and a wooden frame. Identical, so ... As decided in July 2020 . Georgelin is confident: "We are maintaining the objective set by the President of the Republic: to complete the restoration of Notre-Dame by 2024."

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