Client: German Embassy
Duration: 9 months
Category: Fibrous Plastering
The scenario: Due to a large IT infrastructure upgrade, all existing ceilings needed replacing with new Pliquet Acoustic Systems ceilings and new plaster mouldings to match existing decorative plaster work. The building is grade-1 listed.
The challenges: All the ceilings were installed using mobile towers, therefore we worked within tight space constraints. In addition, the logistics of the building and getting materials onto site were challenging.
Our solution: In November 2015 we took our first site squeezes. We then created moulds from the site squeezes in order to reproduce: cornices, friezes, panels and other fibrous elements. Additionally, we installed the new pliquet acoustic ceiling. Some of the work entailed intricate cornices, recreating Corinthian columns and beaded paneling in Greco-Roman or French Rococo style.
The casts were produced in our workshop and installed on site by our craftsman. In total we had 12 men on site – working simultaneously from January to September 2016.
The work of restoring the plasterwork and ceilings spanned 11 differing rooms within the building.
Now that this work is complete it returns to a domicile for the ambassador and venue for international receptions and events – hosted by the German Government.
Images courtesy of Coniston Ltd, Eleanor Stedman
Reception room with elliptical ceiling, panel beading, coving, cornices and ceiling rose
The atrium with panel beading
German Embassy facade
Intricate scaffolding for coving and ceiling centre restoration
The Dining Room with ceiling rose
The Dining Room with Corithian columns and ceiling rose
Reception room with black and white motif plaster work
Before the panel beading restoration
Reception room with ceiling rose, corbels, cornices and panel beading