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
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
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.
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.
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.
Sending thanks to the souls who keep Wikipedia up-to-date and for the information they share with us.
Thanks to Building Conservation for proving us with these Key Dates and Events not to be missed this January & February.
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