All Saints Church, Manchester

Hayles and Howe completed this project to restore a cross vaulted ceiling. Set in a beautiful Victorian Grade I listed All Saints Church in Barton-on-Irwell a survey was undertaken to assess its condition. Designed by Pugin in 1867 and described by Pevsner as a masterpiece. Though the plaster work was broadly intact the wooden structure behind was found to be suffering extensively from dry rot. Some plaster sections had to be sacrificed in order to allow replacement of rotten timbers.

Restoring the Cross Vaulted Ceiling

Hayles and Howe replaced sections of the ribs from the chancel ceiling. This also included window arches and works to a flat wall. Traditional methods were used as well as some fibrous elements to expedite the program. The project was overseen expert guidance from Restoration Manager Martyn Watchurst. Extreme weather conditions eventually caused the work to stop as temperatures dropped below 5˚C. Disabling the setting point of plaster.

Award-Winning Work

This exciting project had a large team of people working together to ensure a successful completion. Including Architect Lloyd Evans Pritchard. As well as Quantity Surveyor T Sumner Smith and main Contractor Lambert Walker.

The project won the FPDC Award for Internal Plastering in 2010 for Hayles and Howe.

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