Liverpool Landmark is Restored


An historic Liverpool landmark has been stunningly restored thanks to a decorating firm which consulted architects, conservation officers, sub contractors and suppliers to ensure the project was a success.

Roy Hankinson Ltd used 60 tradesmen and six apprentices to carry out the refurbishment and redecoration of St Georges Hall which first opened its doors to the public in 1854.

The meticulous and detailed redecoration by Roy Hankinson Ltd won the dedicated team the Refurbishment Category of the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Award 2006.

Mike Murtagh from Roy Hankinson Ltd, said: “This project was fantastic to work on. Due the age of the building we had to replace the traditional lead based paints due to health and safety issues. We consulted with the architect and conservation officers and specified Johnstone’s as they could offer more environmentally friendly and safer finishes.

“The conservation specialists worked quickly and came to the site to perform paint scrapings to uncover the original colours used. The outcome of the scrapings revealed four different original colours.  Then it was over to Johnstone’s to perform the tinting process,” he added.

Working closely with Johnstone’s Technical Advisory Department throughout the project ensured that the colour proposal and finishes put forward satisfied both the architects and conservation officers.

Tony Walker, Technical Specification Manager commented: “We were involved in the specification process from the beginning and continued to monitor the progress throughout the refurbishment.”

Architect, Robert Chambers from Purcell Miller Tritton LLP, said: “Originally a lead based product was specified to keep in line with the grade one listed building but after discussing with all relevant parties a modern equivalent was sourced. Johnstone’s Flat Oil Paint ticked all the boxes for this specific project.” he added.
Many traditional painting techniques were used on the project by the team of skilled tradesmen who spent many months applying finishes, such as faux granite effect, including trompe l’oeil horizontal joints and red porphyry as a border on the walls in the East and West staircases.

Similar techniques were also used in the North entrance hall along with stencilling of the ceiling panels, graining and gilding as the original 1850s scheme was carefully crafted and re-established to the building’s original heritage.

Clare Winter, Specification Marketing Manager at Johnstone’s, said: “The close working relationship Hankinson’s formed with the Johnstone’s Technical Team throughout the project ensured that the colour proposal and finishes put forward satisfied all parties.

“Roy Hankinson Ltd was recognised in the awards following the company’s planning, project management and the high level of decorating skills used by their tradesmen. They’ve all contributed to the stunning redecoration and complete transformation of this historical Liverpool landmark,” she added.

After winning the Refurbishment Category for its work on St George’s Hall, Liverpool, Roy Hankinson Ltd was also named the Supreme Winner, and the ‘People’s Choice’ winner by the guests present at the awards.

Commenting on the company’s success in the awards, Stephen Hankinson of Roy Hankinson Ltd, said: “In receiving these three awards I would like to give special credit to David Thelwell who headed the team of specialist decorators and for the meticulous attention to detail on the special effect painting techniques that were painstakingly worked on throughout the project.

“St George’s Hall was a very important piece of work for our company. We needed to ensure that this important Liverpool landmark that housed many historical features was not only completed to impeccable standards, but was sensitively restored in keeping with its’ unique heritage.”

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