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Hayles and Howe on winning streak

  • Hayles and Howe win 2014 Humber Silver Salver
  • Hayles and Howe awarded Investors in People Silver
  • Hayles and Howe win 2012 Internal Plastering Award
  • Hayles and Howe win 2011 Humber Silver Salver
  • More Awards for Hayles and Howe
  • We win again – Crabb Trophy
  • Short listed for Plaisterer’s Trophy
  • Hayles and Howe Inc recognized by BCE – Baltimore, USA
  • We have moved...


The Dominion Theatre Restoration Wins a Prestigious Award


Hayles and Howe are pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the Humber Silver Salver for Heritage Fibrous & GRG Plasterwork by the AIS FPDC on the 3rd February 2015, at the prestigious Plaisterers’ Awards 2014. The award is for the complete refurbishment and restoration of the Grade II listed Dominion Theatre in London which was carried out over a five month period. Hayles and Howe were the owners nominated plastering contractor for this interesting and specialised project. The whole Theatres plasterwork has been consolidated and returned to its former glory using original techniques where possible but also taking advantage of modern technology and sustainable materials in line with Hayles and Howe’s and the Theatres environmental policy.


Bristol-based company Hayles and Howe Ltd. was represented at the awards luncheon by MD David Harrison, Jenny Harrison, Mark Rossiter, Russell Hempstead, Boyd Rogers and Robin Harrison accompanied by Mr David Pearson, the General Manager of Nederlander Dominion Limited and the Dominion theatre building services Manager Richard Kiernan.


The historic, Dominion Theatre was designed by the architectural brothers W & TR Milburn in January 1928, opening in October 1929 as one of the largest London Theatres with a seating capacity of 2835.


Hayles and Howe have enjoyed a ten year relationship with the Grade II listed Dominion Theatre in London. The team has carried out regular ceiling inspections, restoration and consolidation works whenever required. In 2014 following the closure of a long standing show the Nederlander Organisation decided to undertake an extensive restoration of this lovely, Neo-Renaissance 1920’s theatre with Hayles and Howe as the nominated plastering contractor on the project.


The Theatres Trust covered the restoration and refurbishment of the Dominion in its Winter 2014 issue of Theatres Magazine.  Mhora Samuel, the Trust’s Director is delighted that this refurbishment has won an award as it recognises the importance of bringing in appropriately skilled, experienced and competent crafts people to secure the future of the nation’s important and unique historic theatres.


The judges comments included the following:A very comprehensive refurbishment has been completed.  The main auditorium required extensive work and now looks stunning. If the Architects W and TR Milburn could visit now they would see their Dominion Theatre as it was at the opening in 1929.   Actually it possibly looks better now, it is very pleasing to the eye.


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Dominion Theatre Auditorium  Circle Bar Ornamental Ceiling 
Large Fibrous Plaster Cornice Fibrous Plaster Restoration



Hayles and Howe Ltd puts people first


A Bristol-based organisation has been presented with a prestigious national award making it one of the plastering industry’s success stories.

Hayles and Howe, an International Ornamental Plastering company, was awarded the Investors in People Silver Award for the way it has transformed business performance through the support and motivation of its team.

Jenny Harrison, Company Secretary at Hayles and Howe which has some 40 employees said ‘As a company we are delighted to have obtained Silver Investors in People accreditation and we are looking forward to implementing the suggestions for development outlined in our review report. advice and clear guidance we have been given has been of great value. The review process has been excellent for the team in general to reflect, analyse, improve and develop our business over the coming years.’

The Silver award has been awarded to fewer than 600 organisations in the country which is just 2.82 percent of all organisations awarded the Investors in People Standard. The Standard is a framework of best practice, awarded to well-run organisations that meet set criteria such as learning and development, leadership skills and recognition and reward of staff amongst others.

John Telfer Managing Director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in People for London and the South said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Hayles and Howe, and clearly shows that continual improvement and development is a top priority.’

Working with Investors in People is proven to improve financial performance, productivity and profitability. Companies that have achieved the Investors in People Standard also have higher levels of trust, co-operation and commitment than their competitors.

To find out more about the benefits of Investors in People, visit email or call 0800 612 3098

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FPDC Awards win for Hayles and Howe Ltd

Hayles and Howe are delighted to have been awarded the 2012 Internal Plastering Award by the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors for works carried out at the British Armed Forces' Chaplaincy Centre, Amport House, Andover. The award was presented to MD David Harrison, Matt Cook and Robin Harrison at a celebratory luncheon in the Plaisterers' Hall on Tuesday 5 February. The company was represented at the luncheon by Jenny Harrison, Nick Roden, Boyd Rogers and Louise Wheeler; David Close attended on behalf of the clients PriDE.
This was a complex project in a Grade II listed house designed in 1857 in Elizabethan style by William Burn and set in beautiful Lutyens gardens. For the first phase of the works the company's talented site team replaced a failed coffered ceiling in the Snooker Room, which required in-situ work, this included a staggering 48 hand ruled mitres to complete. Hayles and Howe returned to Amport House in September and replaced the failed main ground floor vestibule ceiling with a new split lath and lime replacement.
Judges deemed that the coffered ceiling formed with in-situ run plain moulded beams and perimeter cornice were reconstructed with riven laths and lime plasters to a high degree of accuracy. All intersecting beam mitres had to be ruled by hand.
The quality of the finish to the large vestibule ceiling was said to be 'exceptional'. Judges praised the work as an excellent demonstration of the plasterer's craft, using traditional materials, noting that the industry still boasts true craftsmen.
Amport House Snooker Room Coffered Ceiling

Hayles and Howe are extremely proud to once again be awarded the FPDC Humber Silver Salver, Fibrous and GRG - Heritage 2011 for a prestigious conceptual project in London



The company was delighted, to be given the opportunity to design, model, manufacture and install two delightful and complex fibrous plaster ceilings with supporting cornices. The precedent was loosely based on the beautiful Robert Adam dining room at Kedleston Hall, which our in-house designer masterly adapted to create two differing yet sympathetic designs for the two opposingly sized rooms.  The inspired designs created uniformity and a flow within an L shaped space, whilst maintaining the original classical character of the house.

The designs of the ceiling panels incorporated lions, Gryphon, urns, figures, delicate arabesque scrolls, flowers and leaves, Putti and Herm all flowing and gently moving together to a polished and well executed, beautiful picture book ceiling, reminiscent of the past yet very modern in technique and illustration.  The large Georgian cornice was specially designed to complement and frame these two individual ceilings.

Hayles and Howe also assisted the client with their colour choice for the ceilings producing a wide range of detailed drawings in the diverse schemes originally produced by Robert Adam in the 1750’s.



More Awards for Hayles and Howe


    Hayles and Howe is delighted to have won the 2010 Award for Internal Plastering from the FPDC for works carried out at All Saints Church, Manchester.  It was presented to MD David Harrison at a celebratory luncheon in the Plaisterers' Hall on Tuesday 1 February.  The company was represented at the luncheon by Matt Bourne, Matt Cook, David Harrison, Jenny Harrison, Luke Harvey, Nick Roden and Martyn Watchurst.

This was a challenging Project in a Grade 1 listed Victorian Church, while the plasterwork was broadly intact the wooden structure behind was suffering extensively from dry rot.  Plaster sections had to be removed to allow access to the structure and were replaced by our talented site team. 

The company would like to thank everyone who made the project such a success.

Shown left is the interior of All Saints, Manchester




Bristol Company on Winning Streak

Hayles and Howe Ltd and its sister company Hayles and Howe Inc. win awards both sides of the Atlantic, and both companies successfully move into new premises
Hayles and Howe began their journey of expertise in the early seventies developing and working abroad in the early 1980’s.  By the l989 the company had become so successful a sister company was set up in Baltimore, Maryland USA.
Our award winning company has expanded and developed over the last thirty years creating a wide range of skills whilst ensuring and maintaining high standards of quality in both traditional fibrous plaster and specialist Scagliola. These latest awards recognise the expertise of the Hayles and Howe workforce and help to build confidence and unity within the company.  Our awards include The Queens Award for International Trade in 2003 and three Plaisterer’s Trophies (The highest achievement in fibrous plaster), three Crabb Trophies and three Humber Silver Salvers. 

FPDC Crabb Trophy Winners: Appleby Castle - Hayles and Howe Ltd, UK

Appleby Castle was built in the 12th Century; the original gatehouse was enlarged and restored 500 years later to become the private residence, which it remains today.  This project has spanned the last 10 years, involving the creation of a new ceiling for the under croft as it would have appeared in the 17th century.  Hayles and Howe researched the pattern and style of the period with the architect and client, under the watchful eye of English Heritage.

Great care had to be exercised that minimal and carefully placed fixings were used to ensure the integrity of the original lath and plaster ceiling was preserved.  Modellers have done a first class job in creating new moldings, adapting standard moldings so well that there is complete cohesion in the whole design.

The enrichments on the cornices, friezes and beam soffits are all unique as are the carved shields which provide centre pieces to the ceiling bays.
The finished work demonstrated the great skill of the craftsmen involved, in that every mitre, joint and junction had to be individually scribed. This was done in such a way that the whole ceiling flowed and was pleasing to the eye. This is a delightful job which understates the commitment of everyone involved.




 FPDC - Shortlisted for Plaisterers Trophy – Hayles and Howe Ltd, UK

The project consisted of a newly built country mansion with fully modern services yet has the appearance of having been built in the 1680’s.  Hayles and Howe researched modeling techniques and styles of the period and worked with pictures provided by the designers/architects and owners to produce samples of hand modeling for approval.  A range of ceilings from strapwork to baroque. 

The design team including the clients were very hands on, and by working closely with our technical team, architects and modelers.  They were able to influence and fine tune every stage of the creative process.  Modern materials were used throughout which enabled such innovations as having a one piece centre to a ceiling rose which can be lowered with the chandelier.  The logistics were not made any easier by being in Scotland as we are based in Bristol.



Tremont Grand, Baltimore MD – Hayles and Howe Inc recognized by BCE/USA

Each year the Craftsmanship Award Committee of the BCE selects outstanding building projects and presents awards to individual craftsperson’s or companies who have done work on the project. The awards are presented at the BCE Craftsmanship Awards Dinner.

For Hayles and Howe, the scope of work for this restoration/adaptive re-use project included historic flat and ornamental plasterwork restoration, replication and installation as well as several rooms of historic Scagliola restoration, replication and installation. The once-hidden beauties of the Masonic Temple, a result of the best work of three architects designs in 1869, 1893, and 1908, have been brought to life for use as meeting and celebrating rooms as an adjacent facility to Baltimore’s Tremont Grand Hotel. 


Hayles and Howe Ltd - Press Release we have Moved

Goodbye Picton Street  -  Hayles and Howe have moved after thirty years of enjoying the bohemian lifestyle of Picton Street in Montpelier to Templegate, Mead Rise near Temple Meads Station.  The company had its humble beginnings at Number 37 Picton Street moving to Number 25 and the old Hall in  the 1990’s in these lovely Georgian buildings they were able to build on their expertise as one of the leaders in the design and manufacture of Ornamental Plasterwork and Scagliola.  When  returning to the old place and visiting friends in Licatas, Herberts Bakery and the Hippie shop it has been particularly noticed that Picton Street and all its shops have an absence of white plaster trails. 

The company wishes to thank everyone in Picton Street for the happy times that they enjoyed in the neighbourhood which over the years has helped Hayles and Howe keep their feet on the ground and maintain a happy and effective working environment.  

The new offices and workshop in Templegate, Mead Rise, Bristol BS3 4RP near Templemeads offer the workforce a cleaner, more efficient and ergonomic working environment and the company is looking forward to many fruitful years in this area, welcoming the new opportunities for improvement.

Our sister company in the USA has also recently moved premises creating a much needed light filled work space and lovely office environment for all its loyal staff.

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