Project update of ornamental plasterwork restoration at Thornaby Town Hall, Middlesbrough
Our latest site visit to Thornaby Town Hall earlier this month revealed the extent of progress made since we last posted project updates on May 4th. 3 coat lime plaster has been applied to the bare walls and rib-lathed area at the curve of the ceiling, the new cornice has been replaced and ornamental plaster is gradually being reinstated and replaced throughout the entire area. They have done this by either carefully removing areas of ornamental plaster that have been well preserved, from which they are creating new moulds to cast the new components and by using the many measurements they took from the area before removing damaged wall to re-create detail such as strap work or arches in-situ. Or in the case of the corbel shown in the photos below, taking thixotropic rubber moulds in-situ and recasting with old paint still on, as the originals were too fragile to remove without breaking. Our craftsman then worked on creating better depth and definition on the newly cast corbel that was lacking definition and depth due to the old paint and from this the the new solid mould was made.
It is a fascinating but mammoth task we have undertaken with this project and it looks to continue for another couple of months. We will post further updates in a month so do watch this space as we approach completion.