Client: Thanet District Council
Contractor: Coombs (Canterbury) Ltd
Architect: Guy Hollaway Architects
Duration: 5 weeks
Category: Fibrous Plastering
Images courtesy of Dreamlands, Margate
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UK’s original pleasure park – reimagined
Dreamland Pleasure Park in Margate re-opened in June 2015 after an £18million overhaul by Guy Hollaway Architects, under the guidance of artistic director Wayne Hemingway. First opened in the 1860s, the park boasted a scenic rollercoaster, a ballroom, ice-rink and cinema. Since closing in 2006 it has sat abandoned.
With lottery funding, the park’s scenic railway (the only grade II*-listed rollercoaster in the world) has been reconstructed. Coombs (Canterbury) Ltd approached us to undertake the restoration and replication of the multi-space columns and octagonal central ceiling features in The Ballroom.
The Ballroom contained 6 pilasters* which were severely deteriorated. There were no original drawings to work from. Coombs Ltd instructed us to replicate the old pilasters and decorative ceilings. Various site surveys had to be undertaken in order to collect site squeezes of the pilasters. Only small sections remained so all the component parts were collected and we had to piece them back together and replicate the architectural objects.
We undertook general repairs, a full site squeeze (silicone rubber) of all profiles and enrichments to existing to form moulds. We then manufactured and installed new sections. We manufactured and installed part of the octaganol ceiling feature.
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*The pilaster is an architectural element in classical architecture used to give the appearance of a supporting column and to articulate an extent of wall, with only an ornamental function.