Repairing decorative plasterwork within a circular glazed dome, North Yorkshire

Decorative plasterwork repairs continue into spring...

As we progress onto the next phase of plasterwork restoration works at Thornaby Town Hall, our craftsman Ben recently moved into his new man-cave. He's working from a high scaffold, up above the ashlar circular staircase into the circular glazed dome. Water ingress and years of neglect had caused much damage to the decorative plaster work in this area. The plaster within the circular cornice had blown and the panelling was in a bad state of repair.

The photos below show the various stages of work. They detail before work started trough to the our last photo which shows the re-run high cornice complete with re-cast dentil blocks, panelling feature restored and the lower cornice almost completed.

This circular glazed frosted dome allows light to illuminate the hallway and staircase. Once completed it will be an elegant addition to the building. We look forward to seeing it in its finished state. Watch this space for photos of the finished dome!

Old plaster has been stripped away revealing the old laths beneathOur craftsman at work, preparing the area for running the cornice after plasterwork restorationMore stripping out the old and damages laths reveals the timber supports that create the barrel ceiling shapeOur craftman jots down measurements enabling him to recreate the mouldings for plasterwork restoration once damaged areas are removed.The new panelling feature complete with first high cornice and dentil blocks.The final and lowest cornice has been re-run in situ for this plasterwork restoration

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