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The Grand Hotel Birmingham is a landmark building with a fascinating and extensive history. It is one of the best surviving examples of Victorian architecture in Birmingham and holds Grade II* listed status. The hotel comprises of 185 rooms and suites and has enjoyed an illustrious past, having played host to royalty, the rich and famous. King George VI, Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Charlie Chaplin and James Cagney are just a few of the notable guests to have been entertained here.
The hotel closed in 2002 and, following a £45 million refit, has reopened almost 20 years after it shut down. The restoration and refurbishment project was made possible by Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm, working with Hortons’ Estate, whose founder, Isaac Horton, originally built the hotel in the 1870’s.
Artisan Plastercraft was responsible for plaster restoration and repair in several different areas of the building. This included reinstating new elevations of decorative plaster mouldings – cornice, picture rails etc.; providing conservation and repairs to existing mouldings, and the manufacture and installation of new fibrous plaster mouldings in their entirety to match what would have been original. We also undertook a programme of lime plaster repairs to a number of interior walls and restored the coffers in the ceiling of the Madeleine bar.
However, the areas of work of which we are most proud are the restoration of the fibrous plaster suspended ceilings in the Grosvenor Room, a stunning and ornate ball room, and the Grosvenor Balcony which overlooks it. The Grosvenor Balcony ceiling in-particular had suffered significant water damage and we were required to secure it before taking squeezes of the enrichments in order to replicate and reinstate the decorative plaster.
Our extensive restoration work has recently been recognised, as we won an FIS Contractors Award in the “Heritage Plastering” category for our work on this project.
The ornate period features of the Grand Hotel have now been restored, both inside and out, and one of Birmingham’s most loved buildings has opened its doors, once again, as an opulent luxury hotel.
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