Hammersmith Apollo

Sector: Theatre
Main Contractor: GF Holdings
Architect: Foster Wilson Architects
• Inspection and Securing of Historic Plasterwork
• Repair and Restoration of Historic Plasterwork

The Grade II* listed building, designed by architect Robert Cromie and noted for its glorious Art Deco interiors opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace Cinema. Since then there have been several changes of ownership and names but following its restoration it will be known as The Eventim Apollo.

The £5 million, nine week restoration project, began in May 2013. Ornate Interiors were commissioned to carry out an initial investigation into the stability of the historic plaster mouldings, a number of which had been concealed during various periodical refurbishments.

Delicate and fragile areas of plasterwork were initially secured using the penny washer and screw method with the added strengthening provided by tying wires.

Any missing elements of ornate plaster were reproduced to match to existing in the Leeds workshop and returned to site for installation. Smaller intricate repairs were carried out by hand requiring the highest quality of craftsmanship to ensure the correct detailing with no visible evidence of repair.

Works were carried out to a number of areas within the scope of this project including Foyers, Stalls, Circles, Balconies, Auditorium, Bars, Staircases and The Proscenium Arch.These included repairs and restoration of Cornices, Perforated Grilles, Rib Sections, Light Boxes, Lattice Coves, Ceiling Panels and Columns.

The Apollo, now returned to the Art Deco glory of its early days, opened its doors again in September 2013. Ornate Interiors continue to work with theTheatre Management and G F Holdings to undertake additional repairs and inspections.

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Ornate Interiors for similar conservation and restoration projects incorporating plain and decorative lime plasterwork and fibrous plaster.

Their experience, knowledge and professionalism allowed them to dovetail into an extremely tight programme, maintain a flexibility to coordinate with other site personnel and ultimately deliver the project on time to an extremely high standard of workmanship”

Jeff Barton, GF Holdings

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