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25th March 2014

Careful restoration experience is crucial for repairing and restoring London’s historic theatres

News that an old plaster mix incorporating hessian material may have been responsible for a weakened ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End which collapsed during a live performance just before Christmas, has prompted an urgent review of similar historic structures.

Engineers specialising in heritage buildings have been asked to investigate all similar structures for any signs of weakness. Where restoration and refurbishment works are necessary, specialists like Lucas will be called upon for their experience and skills working in similar challenging circumstances.

Lucas refurbishment and decorating teams have worked on several historic structures where damaged, ornate high-level plasterwork has had to be repaired and repainted under the strictest regulations laid out by English Heritage.

Our careful restoration projects have included the Savoy Hotel, Café Royal & Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon where we have investigated and researched original materials and colours and produced a perfect solution that brings these interiors back to their original splendour whilst using improved modern materials.

We have also completed intricate restoration and preservation programmes on the Cutty Sark, the famous 19th century clipper ship and at the Guildhall, the 600 year medieval Grade I listed building at the heart of the City’s administrative and ceremonial activities.

In all these cases it is essential that careful research is carried out to ensure that today’s materials will blend in perfectly with the historic setting and that highly experienced craftsmen are called in to carry out the painstaking work.