The Ballroom of this Grade II Listed former hotel featured a vented ceiling rose to help manage air circulation.
Now a converted modern office space, two factors (from previous contractors) contributed to the partial collapse of the ceiling and rose:
- A heavy electric light fitting had been unsuitably fixed to a timber beam running above the ceiling rose. The beam had failed and had been braced, though the ceiling rose was left unseated.
- Following a re-roof, a now redundant metal flue vent had been left with its full weight resting on the ceiling rose.
Our corrective works involved:
- securing and protecting the rose
- clearance of debris from previous damage
- removing the redundant metal flue
- refastening the ceiling rose in its boxing
- repinning lath and plaster with stainless steel screws and washers (as requested)
- lime plaster patching
- decoration of the Ballroom ceiling
Further to the internal works, we also identified water ingress caused by unsealed lead guttering. Our in-house lead specialist stripped back the slates, reboarded and replaced timbers, installed new lead flashings and new Code 6 leadwork. Properly installed leadwork can last over 65 years, making a professional fitting cost effective.