In yesterdays blog, we touched on a project within Manchester City Centre which we have recently completed.
Located within the Royal Exchange, we secured the contract at 7 St Anns Square (also known as Lululemon – Sports Fashion clothing to the locals) in the second half of 2018.
The end goal of our client Esprit Group Ltd was to revive all the traditional plaster and features, which had been hiding for years underneath a temporary fitted, suspended ceiling. Unfortunately, this temporary ceiling did end up leaving some rather permanent damage to the beautifully decorated 100 year old plaster.
Ornamental Plaster Repair work:
- A suspended ceiling was hiding the existing ornate ceiling.
- Once the suspended ceiling was removed, this then exposed the original ornate plaster ceiling.
- Damage occurred to the original ornate ceiling due to the method of fixing of the suspended ceiling, along with running services through mouldings etc.
- We were called in to repair the damage to the ornate plasterwork and restore and conserve with minimum intervention and an honest repair ethos.
The traditional plaster and features are clearly very deserving to be on show, as opposed to the temporary ceiling which covered it prior to our arrival.
To help bring these traditional features back to life we used our in-house specialist craftsmen, who used traditional lime methods to complete the repair works and bring this décor back to life.
Method of Repair:
Lost and damaged sections of the ornamental plasterwork were repaired by taking in-situ squeeze moulds, which were taken from the existing work. This allows for the exact matching section to be moulded and re-fixed alongside the original.
- Cut back existing damaged plaster to good (minimum intervention).
- Spray on a releasing agent.
- Apply a latex squeeze to the area to be formed.
- Remove the latex squeeze.
- Cast the moulds using casting plaster in the latex squeeze (Dentil blocks/enrichment’s etc).
- Remove the set casting plaster from the squeeze.
- Fit and fix the new moulds/enrichment’s to the existing background.
- Small tools were used to enhance and repair further.
- Painted and decorated.
Fact: A dentil (from Latin dens – a tooth) is a small block used as a repeating ornament in the bedmould of a cornice. Dentils are found in classical Greek and Roman architecture, and also in later styles as seen here at 7 St Anns Square.
Delivering exactly what was asked, we have honoured the buildings traditional architecture and decoration – revealing a touch of history in the process. An excellent project to have been a part of because the ornate plaster has been brought back to life. Sharing thanks with everyone involved.
Speading thanks to Building Conservation, who have provided us with these key dates not to be missed this January and February.
The services we provide for you at
Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.
Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.
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