Period Restoration Plastering

Before & After

The in-situ interior restoration of ornamental plasterwork in a listed Regency period property.

Imperial Square, Cheltenham

Interior Restoration Plaster

Intricate Detail

Here we have a period restoration of a neo-classical dome with seven concentric bands of lotus leaf created for the circular anti-room at Lord Northwick’s Cheltenham home, Thirlestaine House.

Fullbrooks of England removed damaged leaves, made new moulds and then reinstated the new leaves using the same materials and methods employed by the craftsman who had worked on this ceiling back in 1840. A rare and challenging plasterwork restoration, the ceiling is one of only two of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Plaster Restoration

Internal plasterwork has a number of values, not least of which is the contribution it makes to the historic character of your property and should be conserved wherever possible. The flexibility of traditional plasters have allowed these architectural mouldings to survive by accommodating structural movement in the building and any failure tends to be from outside agents, such as water penetration, decay to the timber lathers or floor and ceiling structures.

Decorative plaster moulding restoration and conservation demands specialist knowledge and highly-developed skills, and the result – when properly executed – is extremely rewarding. Substituting original features with commercially mass-produced plasterwork is inappropriate and in any case against the conservation guidelines for listed buildings.

Traditional Craft for Modern Value

The master craftsmen at Fullbrooks have learned their trade over many years, working on numerous period restoration projects in a diverse range of settings; from private residential properties to well-known listed buildings and heritage sites with a large public footfall. Cornice restoration constitutes a large part of our work. It requires extensive knowledge and skill in accurately rendering numerous designs from a number of different architectural periods. We are also often brought in to undertake intricate ceiling rose restoration, where an exceptional eye for detail and geometry is essential.

The importance of conserving original period features and contracting appropriately trained, specialist craftsman cannot be overstated, and it not just for reasons of personal choice and a desire to conserve authenticity. An appreciation of the distinctiveness that decorative plasterwork can give to a room, means that its presence is now used as an important selling point with period properties and to remove such detail will only devalue a building.

If you have a plaster conservation or restoration task pending and would like to discuss it with us, please get in touch at your earliest convenience for an informal chat. And remember: conservation is better than restoration (and typically less costly!) so try an anticipate issues early on and speak to one of our team.