Information Communique from the State Hermitage Museum concerning the temporary covering of the roofing
1 February 2008, the press office of the museum released a communique:
The State Hermitage Museum announces:
Over the last few years the State Hermitage Museum has been undertaking large scale repairs to replace and reconstruct the roof of the museum building. The general area of the roofing is 53,440 square metres. Until 2006 repair work had been conducted on 14,420 square metres; in 2007 – 7,430 square metres; in 2008 we plan to repair another 3,830 square metres.
At present as part of the current programme the roofing is being replaced on the building of the New Hermitage and, especially, above the Raphael Loggias (contracting organization Beta-Kom Ltd.).
On 20 January 2008, in the course of the work as a result of strong gales, the temporary covering over the building was damaged, consequently confined leaking has occurred along the brickwork (from the side of the Winter Canal). Urgent measures were taken to avoid a repeat of this event with additional strengthening of the temporary roofing and the leaking has been confined.
Architects and restorers from the State Hermitage Museum have carried out an investigation with the following findings: there was not detected any damage to the outer layer of the paint not is there any danger of collapses. Intervention to restore the building is not needed.
Restorers and architects continue to monitor the state of the building.