Royal Academy of Arts Schools Project

image of lime plaster applied to arched ceiling

Artisan Plastercraft is delighted to be involved in the current Royal Academy of Arts Schools Project, working with Knight Harwood to deliver the transformation of the RA Schools space to provide a fully accessible, flexible and high-quality work environment for its staff and students. The project has been led by David Chipperfield Architects with Julian Harrap Architects leading on the complete repair and restoration of the RA Schools.

Artisan’s plasterers are providing lime plaster restoration to masonry, covering walls and ceilings, including barrel vault ceilings, with lime plaster supplied by Chalk Down Lime. The images below show the scratch coat application, the first application of lime plaster over the substrate. Subsequent coats are added once the surface has dried sufficiently. The marks scored in the plaster are to provide a key for the next coat.

See our previous award winning fibrous plasterwork at the Royal Academy of Arts. 

We are delighted to have also been appointed as the painting & decorating contractor, in what is a major project win for the recently formed Artisan Painting & Decorating side of the business. Our experienced team of decorators have been tasked with conserving listed assets as well as decorating throughout, including the freshly applied lime plaster. The image below shows a wall in the Schools area of the RA with outlines of removed objects. It is listed as a protected asset and our decorators will be working to follow prescribed instructions and carefully preserving its appearance!

image of royal academy schools wall before restoration

Below is an image showing a finished area as handed over to the client, completed with lime plaster ceiling work and the whole space decorated to specification. 

image of RAA galley painted and decorated

For more information on the specialist lime plaster services we provide or to view the Artisan Painting & Decorating site, please click the highlighted links. 


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