Locker & Riley were very proud to have been selected as the preferred contractor to undertake the enhancement of the entrance hall at the prestigious Plaisterers Hall following the kind donation left in the Will of Liveryman John Robinson.
The commission was to follow John Robinson’s wishes to transform the original “bland office inspired” entrance hall to create a new entrance befitting the Adam’s inspired Main Livery Hall.
The commission was complicated due to the new ceiling having to be designed and coordinated around the original complicated and irregular structure, comprising of lift openings, AV provision and the existing staircase. In addition to the design challenge, the works were to be undertaken safely during a pandemic.
Locker & Riley’s design team surveyed the existing area and developed a proposed design which the Client and John’s partner approved.
Production workshop drawings were then developed in Autocad with artistic renders of the enrichment being overlaid to provide a visualisation to the detailing.
Locker & Riley’s inhouse sculpture team carefully carved all the ornamentation in readiness for the moulds and casts to be produced by our workshop artisans in Essex, all whilst being socially distanced!
On site our team dismantled and removed the original ceiling in advance of our installation team commencing on site.
A highlight was despite the pandemic we still managed to provide training to some of Locker & Riley’s trainees during this legacy project and provided training to the Princes Foundation apprentice, sponsored by the Plaisterers Livery.
In total 37 craftspeople were involved on the project, 3 Designers, 7 sculptors, 18 workshop artistans (including 4 apprentices) & 7 Installation Artisans (including 1 L&R apprentice & 1 Princes Foundation apprentice) and two managers.
It was a privilege to have undertaken this commission for what we all regard as being the entrance hall to the home of plastering!
Scope of Works
The design, sculpture, manufacture and installation of a new Entrance Hall for the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers