Hayles and Howe provide a consultation service for many public buildings, including Theatres, Museums, Libraries, Schools, Churches and Palaces. David Harrison, our MD and Martyn Watchurst our Restorations Manager have successfully visited, surveyed and reported on the plasterwork of many buildings both Nationally and Internationally.
We can undertake any combination of the following
- An inspection and/or survey that provides a report on the condition of a plaster ceiling, these can be visual inspection from the floor, or a closer inspection using a tower scaffold or rope access as required
- Certify that a ceiling is safe and secure for insurance purposes (Certificates are issued for a discrete period of time and can only be issued following an inspection)
- Carry out emergency repairs following an inspection to ensure that a building can remain in use
- Provide recommendations on repairs and restoration that should be carried out and the long term preservation of historic plasterwork
Over the years Hayles and Howe have worked in many historical public buildings, creating detailed reports reflecting extensive studies and research of the buildings plasterwork, history and structure. The Dominion Theatre London and Central Hall, Westminster being notable in the case of Central Hall we recently studied reflected ceiling plans in the Victoria and Albert Museum to further our understanding of the ceiling structure.
If possible all our inspections are fitted around times where the building is not in use, particularly in regard to theatres where work is often carried out in ‘dark’ periods.