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On this day & Project Spotlight – The Royal Exchange

23rd January

On this day in 1571 (447 years ago!) The Royal Exchange in London was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth I, who awarded the building its royal title and a licence to sell alcohol and valuable goods

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The Royal Exchange, London. Image credit – http://www.walklondon.com/

Albeit 200 miles North of London, we have been doing some restoration work on our very own Royal Exchange in Manchester…


Project Spotlight – 7 St Anns Square, Manchester

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The Manchester Exchange in 1835. Image credit – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Exchange,_Manchester

In Manchester City Centre, The Royal Exchange Arcade is a public route which passes under the building and contains retail units and cafe’s/restaurants.

The exchange has four storeys and two attic storeys built on a rectangular plan in Portland stone. It was designed in the Classical style. Its slate roof has three glazed domes and on the ground floor an arcade orientated east to west. It has a central atrium at first-floor level. The ground floor facade has channelled rusticated piers and the first, second and third floors have Corinthian columns. The first attic storey has a balustrades parapet while the second attic storey has a mansard roof. At the north-west corner is a Baroque turret and there are domes over other corners. The west side has a massive round-headed entrance arch with wide steps up and the first and second floor windows have round-headed arches. The third floor and first attic storey have mullioned windows.

Theatre

The Studio is a 90-seat studio theatre with no fixed stage area and move-able seats, allowing for a variety of production styles (in the round, thrust etc.) It acts as host to a programme of visiting touring theatre companies, stand-up comedians and performances for young people. The Royal Exchange gives an average of 350 performances a year of nine professional theatre productions.

Repairs at Lululemon

We secured the contract to carry out repair works on a shop within the Royal Exchange; Lululemon (Yoga clothes & running gear). The plaster works within the building was notably crumbling away and required some careful repairs.

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Ornate plaster much in need of repair work.

Ornate plaster repairs were carried out to a high standard to the fluted columns, bringing them back to life. Lyme plaster repairs were also carried out to the dental course, using the traditional method to keep the historical values of the building. Panel repairs were also carried out to match the existing.

Opening this shop up once again to those Athletic humans amongst us.

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Image credit – https://mirallegroyoga.com/

Sending thanks to the souls who keep Wikipedia up-to-date and for the information they share with us.


Whats On?

January 2019
25 Lime Based Mortars and Traditional Materials for Repair of Civil Engineering Structures
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25-26 Project Management and Urban Design
Birmingham City University
28-31 Specifying Conservation Works
West Dean College, West Sussex
29-30 Rubble Wall Building
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
February 2019
1 Timber Frame Repairs
Cressing Temple Barns, Essex
1-3 Chapel Royal in England: Arechitecture, Music and Worship
Rewley House, Oxford
2 Day Rendering with Lime
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
4-7 Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork
West Dean College, West Sussex
5-6 Making and Using Traditional Mortars – C1 Contractor Level 1
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
5 Housekeeping and Dust
West Dean College, West Sussex
5 Exploring the History, Art and Conservation of Leighton House
Kensington, London
6-7 Understanding Building Conservation
CIOB, London
8-9 Understanding British Buildings
Birmingham City University
9 Sash and Case Window Repairs
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
12 Historic Cements and Concrete
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
15-16 Disaster Management and Heritage
Birmingham City University
18-22 Intensive Training Assessment and Accreditation in Construction Masonry
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
18 Conservation of Timberwork
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
19-20 Understanding Building Conservation
Swansea
21 Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows
Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
22 Lime Pointing Training Day
Bodmin, Cornwall
25 Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents
Society of Antiquaries apartments, Burlington House, London

Thanks to Building Conservation for proving us with these Key Dates and Events not to be missed this January & February.


The services we provide for you at

aura conservation

Roofing

Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.

Masonry

Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.

Interiors

Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.


Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.


You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk

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