Main Contractor: Bovis
Architect: Ian Springford Architects
• Lath and lime plaster
• Restoration of ornate mouldings
• Reproduction of ornate mouldings
• External render
The Apex Hotel is a listed Georgian property in the centre of Edinburgh.
Ornate Interiors carried out repairs to the traditional lime plasterwork, mostly onto riven laths, to a selection of ceilings and walls and repaired damaged areas of ornamental plasterwork throughout the hotel. Six craftsmen worked on site over a period of seven months to complete the project.
Smaller damaged areas were repaired in situ and earlier inappropriate were remedied using appropriate sympathetic materials. Damaged or missing sections of cornices were made good by hand, but much of the work including repairing large ceiling panels and the manufacture of moulds was carried out in Ornate Interiors workshop.
Some of the cornices were heavily enriched, which meant that sections had to be made individually to allow for the mitres to be balanced creating a seamless continuity. Ceiling panels were repaired using riven lath and haired lime plaster. The ceiling roses involved a more complicated application. They could not be poured as a flood mould because their relief was so undercut and delicate. A back and face mould had to be used instead. Once the range of items had been prepared they were transported for installation and final finishing.
External panels were rendered using Intercoromex.
“We consider it an honour to have been given the opportunity of working on another wonderful building with Bovis Lend Lease, with whom we have worked on numerous occasions in the past. We were particularly pleased that our Health and Safety procedures passed the stringent assessments carried out by Bovis.”
Ronnie Clifford, Managing Director, Ornate Interiors