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Conservation and Restoration

Conservation

 

By definition our work in this field involves fabric of historic importance and its long term preservation is the guiding principle.  Initially we carry out a survey to establish the condition of the plasterwork and its supporting structure.  We then prepare a full report to suggest the way in which conservation should be managed this can be from the simplest cornice or ceiling rose to any ornamental or strapwork ceiling. 

 

As the majority of our conservation work is carried out in buildings which are open to the public, we are used to producing programmes to accommodate long term maintenance, tight schedules and budget.

 


 

 

Restoration

 

We restore fibrous plasterwork on any scale ranging from the simplest cornice to entire ceilings.  We pay careful attention to every detail to produce work of the highest quality. 

We have a very large library of moulds from which we may be able to match an original.  If this is not possible, our expertise in modelling, sculpting and running cornice ensures reproduction of any moulding, however intricate and whatever architectural period

 

Missenden Abbey – the interior of the building had been completely destroyed by fire.  Our brief called for the reconstruction of the plasterwork to its gothic original.  To aid us in this we had only a few photographs and some charred remains to work with.

In the initial stages we prepared the layout and detail drawings prior to commencing manufacture.  Production and installation involved modelling, mould making, running, spinning, pin moulding, casting, flat and complex plastering, formwork, suspension systems and both fibrous and glass reinforced gypsum.

 

When Hayles and Howe took on this immense plaster restoration project the ceiling in The Grand Hall was incredibly badly damaged as shown in this photograph.  The 95ft high ceiling was at this time a dangerous and challenging project as large pieces of the ceiling occasionally, crashed to the floor of the hall.  The integrity of the remaining plaster, lath, channel iron and supports had to be thoroughly inspected.  All the compromised materials had to be removed leaving less than half the ceiling intact. Hayles and Howe remained undaunted enjoying working on such a large decorative building. The Scagliola cornice alone is 14ft x 600ft.    Photograph by Roy Inman

We restore fibrous plasterwork on any scale ranging from the simplest 
cornice to entire ceilings.  We pay careful attention to every detail to 
produce work of the highest quality.
Restoration and Conservation - Hayles and Howe

 


                                 

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