We were recently asked to restore the decorative ceiling of Potters House Church based in Walthamstow, London. This project has been one of our largest ornamental plaster ceiling restorations to date.
The Potters House Christian Centre was built in 1928, originally as a cinema, known as The Savoy. It was designed by distinguished architect George Coles. The cinema closed its doors in 1979 and the building was transformed into a Gala Bingo Club that successfully ran for many years, until late 2012, when it was bought by Potters House Christian Fellowship.
Our task was to recreate and match the existing ornamental decoration on the church ceiling. A beautiful repeating flower and leaf enrichment design ran throughout the middle of each panel, many of which encased the ceiling beams. A model of the main feature enriched section was created as a ‘tile’ in order to replicate the highly decorative pattern along the length of the mould (see pictures below).
Each square tile was joined and pieced together in our workshop, creating a length of the plaster beam encasement. It was then covered in liquid rubber to create one larger mould. This cast was used to manufacture multiple ornamental ceiling beams, using the best quality fine casting plaster from Saint-Gobain Formula. Once removed and dried, the panels were fitted on site by our experienced team, who made sure each moulding was correctly installed to the highest standard. This eye-catching decorative ornate pattern has been an absolute pleasure to recreate and work with.
In this video you will see each stage of the project and our award-winning craftspeople in action:
Please contact us if you have been searching for superior quality finishes for your interior ceilings. We are able to offer match-to-existing or full restoration services, in addition to bespoke ornamental ceilings created to your design specification.