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A major new chapter in Aberglasney’s history

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Premier Construction

Aberglasney Mansion- Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire

Work is now well underway on a major restoration project within the mansion at the heart of Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire.

This will involve an extensive programme that will see the restoration of the main hall, the reinstating of an elegant staircase, and work on the interior of the East Wing of this historic grade II listed house.

Roger Evans, the chief executive of the Aberglasney Restoration Trust, said:

“The gardens have come a long way since their derelict state less than 15 years ago. The very fact that this work is being carried out is an indication of the desire of our charitable trust to build on the success of the gardens as a centre for excellence in heritage gardening, as well as to enhance the aesthetic beauty of the gardens for the enjoyment of our visitors.”

He added:

“The works will be a huge boost to Aberglasney and will give us many more options for exhibitions and events throughout the year, also providing us with meeting facilities, as well as adding a great deal to the general visitor experience.”

Previous work on the mansion – carried out in 1999 – included external restoration work of the north and west wings and the reconstruction of the Portico entrance. In 2004/5 the interior ground floor of the west wing was restored to create exhibition space and a conference room, and an indoor garden was created within the ruins of the mansion’s courtyard and central rooms. Named after the gardens of Ninfa outside Rome, the award winning Ninfarium is now home to a variety of sub-tropical plants.

Aberglasney Mansion- Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire

Plans for this phase of restoration were drawn up by Llanelli based architects the Lewis Partnership, who have taken a great deal of care in doing so considering the importance and great history of the house. The contactors chosen to carry out the work are John Weavers of Swansea who have ensured that disruption to visitors over the next few months will be kept to a minimum.

On looking ahead to what will be an exciting few months at the gardens Mr Evans said:

“We always like to remind ourselves of the following phrase – Aberglasney is changing and growing – a garden lost in time, but now belonging to the past, present and future.”

The restoration work at Aberglasney is part of the ‘One Historic Garden Project’ linking heritage, gardens and opportunities across South Wales. This is project part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through Visit Wales and the Welsh Government.

It is hoped that the work will be completed in time for a grand opening around Easter. In the meantime you’ll be able to follow progress of the project by visiting www.aberglasney.org.

Aberglasney is 12 miles east of Carmarthen and 4 miles west of Llandeilo and is open all year.

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In the spotlight: Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd

Posted on 20 March 2013 by Premier Construction

Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd (RCC)

Owned and managed by David & Ross Cumplen, Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd (RCC) provides restoration and cleaning services, whilst maintaining a technical and operational expertise that is world-class.

RCC is discreet about its clients – suffice to say they include world-renown addresses and global brands.

Using well established and fully endorsed systems, RCC are specialists in restoring carpeting where traditional cleaning methods have dulled colours and flattened the pile. RCC systems allow full usage immediately post cleaning, meaning minimal disruption and no loss of facilities for both clientele and establishment.

The hospitality industry is stringent when seeking environmental accreditations and testing the claims of service companies, so RCC meets these challenges in two ways. Firstly, the company hold the foremost environmental accreditation ISO 9001, as well as the WoolSafe® Operator Certificate. Secondly, and most convincingly, they offer trial demonstrations on client premises to prove they deliver their claims and more.

From the moment the RCC team arrives on site, the professionalism is apparent, from the immaculate vehicles to the pristinely presented technicians. Once the cleaning process commences, the transformation begins, extending the life of carpets and furnishings by maintaining their original aesthetic appearance, which in turn extends replacement periods and reduces capital budgets.

For more information about Revival Corporate Cleaning Ltd, or to arrange a demonstration, please visit: www.revivalcorporatecleaning.com.

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Dyffryn House to reopen its doors

Posted on 14 February 2013 by Premier Construction

Closed to the public since 1996, this once magnificent Victorian House will soon be reopening its doors to visitors.

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The three-storey mansion in South Wales was built by coal tycoon John Cory in 1893 and is considered to be one of the most important houses of its period.

Since the mid nineties the Grade II* listed Dyffryn House and its surrounding Grade I listed gardens have been owned by the Vale of Glamorgan council. NC Tasker: I did not supply this date and so cannot confirm its accuracy.

Following on from a major investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and the council the estate has now successfully been restored to its former glory.

The restoration of the house has been overseen by Nichola Tasker from chartered architects and historic building consultants – Rodney Melville and Partners, she said:

“We have been restoring the principle rooms of the house so they can be open to the public again. Many of these principle rooms were in significant decay because of failures to the roof leading to a number of leaks a few years ago.

“The restoration involves repairs to plasterwork, joinery, oak paneling, oak floors and decorative Jacobean chimneys.  We’ve also conducted repairs on some of the stained glass in the Great Hall and we are doing a full rewire and reservice.

“In addition to the sensitivities surrounding a listed building there was also a number of endangered species on the site. There are bats in the house and there are great crested newts in the garden so we have had to get licenses in place from the Welsh Government in order to work in proximity to these animals.

“It’s immensely important for us to be involved in bringing this house back to life, I think it’s fantastic that the money has been found to support this project and we’re really behind it.”

Work began on the house in January 2012 and is due to be completed in February. As of January the house and gardens will be managed by the National Trust.

Speaking on the relationship with the National Trust, Councillor Gwyn John, who is the Vale Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development, said:

“The property will have an exciting future as part of the National Trust’s portfolio and we look forward to seeing the gardens and house developed further, which will benefit tourism in the Vale and secure the future of this important and historic estate.”

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Restoring Pioneer House: Phase One

Posted on 07 February 2013 by Premier Construction

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

The first phase of a scheme to restore and rejuvenate the historic Pioneer House in West Yorkshire is nearing completion.

Pioneer House is a listed building situated on Halifax Road, Dewsbury. The building was built in 1872 for Dewsbury Co-Op Society and was designed by architects Henry Holtom and George Fox.

Kirklees Council officially obtained ownership of the building in July 2011, and work was undertaken to secure and assess the site shortly after.

Construction work commenced on Phase One in April 2012, with Strategic Team Group as the main contractor on the project and Aedas as lead consultant/designer. Kirklees Council is the project manager, whilst URS Limited is the structural engineer and Faithful & Gould is the CDM Coordinator.

Phase One comprises the restoration of the exterior of the building in order to make the building wind and water tight. Once the first phase is completed a second phase will take place to address the internal aspects of the building.

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Commenting on Phase One, Aedas Associate, Neil Ward, said:

“Prior to work taking place on this project, Pioneer House was falling into a state of disrepair, so the brief for Phase One was to make Pioneer House wind and watertight for the next 25 years. As a framework consultant for Kirklees Council we were brought on board the project along with Strategic Team Group to conduct the work.

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

“One of the first tasks was to secure the perimeter of the site with hoardings and then prepare the site for inspection. The building had been left in a bad state, with floors stripped out and holes in the roof, so there were quite a lot of checks and balances to achieve during the initial stages to determine what we were dealing with.

“During the initial stages we also required some high level access so that we could assess the external conditions of the building. Pioneer House is a very large building, so views from the ground were quite limited.

“Once we knew exactly what was required we were able to progress in a sensitive manner.”

Phase One of the project includes some re-pointing work, a number of stone renewals/repairs and the conservation, repair and on occasion replacement of existing windows. The roofs are being completely recovered along with the replacement of all associated lead work and cast iron rainwater goods. Redecoration for timber and metal work will complete the project.

Neil said:

“At Aedas we have a wealth of experience from working on many large scale and heritage projects and we are using this experience as an insight into what we need to achieve on this project.

“This is a local scheme, with local trade people and is a very high profile site in Dewsbury.

Pioneer House- Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

“Pioneer House has declined over the last seven years, which is something that local residents have voiced their concern about, so the regeneration of this building – along with the regeneration of the town centre – will create a lot of interest in Dewsbury.

“Everyone wants the project to be a success and for the area to thrive, so we will continue to work towards this goal.”

Pioneer House Phase One is currently on programme and is scheduled to reach completion in February 2013. Phase Two of the project is currently expected to commence in late 2013.

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The ‘poet’s playground’ to be refurbished

Posted on 16 January 2013 by Premier Construction

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

To coincide with the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014, the park of his childhood is to be given a large scale restoration.

Opened in 1874, CwmdonkinPark in Swansea is a Grade II listed ‘garden of historic interest’ and armed with a rich Victorian character the park has charmed numerous generations throughout its life. However after nearly 140 years of use some TLC was needed and in 2007 the wheels were set in motion to begin the restoration of the park to its former glory.

Ian Beynon who is the Development and Outreach Manager for the City & County of Swansea and leading the project explained:

“The park was becoming a bit of an eye sore; the perception was it was unsafe and that there was vandalism and anti-social behaviour. In reality there wasn’t a huge amount, it was just a perception problem as the park was looking a little bit tired.

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

“Some key Victorian features are being restored such as entrances, railings, a water feature, the bowls pavilion and in addition to these restorations modern facilities are being incorporated. There will be new play areas, including an adventure playground, a multi use games area and we are actually going to open up the bowls pavilion as a tea room so it’s available to members of the public.

“Also there’s the Dylan Thomas shelter in the park that will be improved and used as a performance space as well as a shelter.

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

“We’ve had to be careful though because of the listed status of the park; any new additions have to be in keeping with the listed status of the buildings. But we have included as many environmentally friendly enhancements as we possibly could, in line with the current conservation guidelines and legislation.”

On the famed Welsh poet from Swansea, Ian added:

“There’s a key link to Dylan Thomas, the park was his playground when he was young. There’s going to be a massive celebration of the centenary of his birth in 2014 and the park will be ready in time for those celebrations.

“Thomas is one of the UK’s most celebrated poets and being his local park and one of the first public open spaces that Swansea had the park was an ideal candidate to receive funding for restoration work.”

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

After considering the park for funding in 2009, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £820,000 in December 2010 for the restoration. In addition to this as part of the ‘Sustainable Tourism Project’ £256,000 was granted by the European Union and with local authority funding taken into account, a total of £1.39million is being invested.

In closing Ian said of the park:

“We’re creating a sense of place again and making people feel proud that Cwmdonkin is an asset for the whole of Swansea.

“It’s really about preserving the past, but making it fit for future use as well, we want old and young to be able to enjoy the park for generations to come.”

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

The main contractor on the restoration project is Andrew Scott limited and they commenced work on site in June 2012.

The Welsh company has been in business for well over a century and continues to provide quality and innovation in the fields of construction and civil engineering.

Cwmdonkin Park- Swansea

Tumble Forge

Tumble Forge specialise in hand forged ironwork keeping alive the old skills of blacksmithing. The company also uses modern plant and machinery to produce high class ornamental gates, railings, balconies and staircases as well as bespoke items.

Tumble Forge have a CAD design office and modern workshop facility, with a five ton gantry lifting capacity to cater for structural steelwork.

The business has been in existence in the same family since 1947 and previous clients include county councils, town councils, civil engineering contractors, crown estates, celebrities and show business people, National Trust, CADW and the general public.

Roger Thomas from Tumble Forge said:

“Our involvement with Cwmdonkin Park was the manufacture and fitting of new boundary railings, entrance gates, handrails and arched gateways in the traditional style of the replaced ironwork.

“It was important for our company to be involved with this project because of the historical background of the park, which is set in the Victorian style. Also the world famous poet Dylan Thomas lived nearby and spent a lot of his time there, mentioning Cwmdonkin Park in one of his poems.

“We pride ourselves in maintaining quality and craftsmanship to a high standard and maintain a skill our grandfathers would have been proud to call their own.”

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Finchingfield Guildhall restored

Posted on 15 January 2013 by Premier Construction

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

 Finchingfield Guildhall, a 15th century timber-framed building in the centre of the village of Finchingfield in north Essex, is being restored.

The project is being driven by the trustees of the Finchingfield Guildhall Trust, supported by a group of local volunteers. Discussions started on the restoration of the hall in 2006. Building work began on site on the Grade I listed building on 12th December 2011 and should be completed in spring 2013.

The project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage as well as a range of other trust, corporate and private donors.

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Jackie Bargman, a trustee of Finchingfield Guildhall Trust said:

“We had a survey because I was looking through the insurance for the Guildhall and thought how low the rebuild value was – it was lower than my own house.

“The surveyor told us we were under-insured by five- and- a -half times. He also said the building needed work doing to it quite urgently – the roof was bad, the walls and floors needed replacing and we needed new doors and windows.

“He also said not to do it bit by bit and to go for one project. English Heritage was consulted and put the Guildhall on the “At Risk” Register. We have been working on this project since 2006 and have raised over £1.6 million.”

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Fairhurst Ward Abbotts is the sole contractor working on the project; FWA’s conservation group is a specialist heritage builder and the company is a royal warrant holder. The architects are Kay, Pilsbury Thomas, a local company of conservation accredited architects. Both FWA and KPT are passionate about historic buildings and bring a wealth of experience to the project.

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Jackie said:

“We employed our architects in 2006 and they have been superb. The project has developed from a fairly modest scheme of needing the roof repairing to doing a complete overhaul, carrying out a complete renovation to restore the building and return it to the heart of the community; it has been unusable for several years.

“The Guildhall has been completely stripped down to its timber skeleton and is being repaired – it leans around 400mm in the middle and some of it was rotten. Many of the 1470 timbers are pretty good but fairly extensive oak repairs were required and the roof has been completely re-done.

“There will be an enlarged museum and library – once we finish, the museum will be about five times larger than it was. Upstairs in the Guild Room we shall have created a beautiful multi-purpose space that will be used for seminars, functions, lectures and exhibitions.”

Fitchingield Guildhall- north Essex

Electrical Connections Ltd

Established in 1983, Electrical Connections Ltd is an electrical contracting company and carry out design, lighting and power installations, IT cabling and the installation of fire alarms and security systems.

The company has worked on numerous projects nationwide for companies such as BMW,

Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Texaco, Pitney Bowes, Interserve, Defra, Watford FC, Financial Times and Samsung.

On Finchingfield Guildhall, Electrical Connections Ltd is the electrical contractor on site.

Terry Froud from Electrical Connections Ltd said:

“All our jobs are important to us for different reason we carry out a high quality installation for all clients.”

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The restoration of Lartington Hall

Posted on 03 January 2013 by Premier Construction

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

A £1 million project to return Lartington Hall to its former glory is currently underway.

The Grade II* Listed building is undergoing an extensive refurbishment to transform the historic structure into an exclusive private hire venue. In addition to the extensive refurbishment works –which will all reception rooms, the ballroom, Grand Corridor and en-suite bedrooms receive a significant makeover – a new kitchen and washroom facilities are also being installed.

Commenting on the work taking place on the Grade II* Listed building, Lartington Hall owners, husband and wife John and Shona Harper-Wilkes, John, said:

“About nine years ago we decided to begin the search for a property we could use to start our next business. We viewed many buildings, up and down the country and by chance we stumbled upon Lartington Hall in June 2010.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“Lartington Hall dates back to around the 1600s and roughly every 100 years or so, the then owners carried out significant work on the house and grounds. This work has created a number of different styles to the building covering Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods carried out by notable individuals of their time, Joseph Hansom (The Hansom ‘Black’ Cab) and Ignatius Bonami which in turn has created a lot of history within the site. Lartington Hall has a lot of very unique character and as soon as we saw it, we knew that this was the perfect place for us.

“We are refurbishing the property to as high a standard as we can and then moving forward we aim to make the hall an exclusive private hire venue in order for it to earn its keep.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“Around 90% of the building will benefit from the refurbishment in the first phase of works.”

Work began on the restoration project in March 2012 with Phase One scheduled to reach completion in May 2013. Richard Pinkney is the main contractor on the project, whilst Kevin Doonan Architects is providing all architectural services on the project. Caroline and Nile Hardie, local archaeologists, are also involved in the project including the excavation works.

Mechanical engineering specialists TW Steam & Heating Services Ltd are installing the site’s heating, plumbing and engineering systems.

TW Steam & Heating Services Ltd, Company Director, Alison Kirkham, commented:

“It is great to be involved with this project. For us it is easier to be involved right from the beginning as we can help with the design and we have been working closely with John about the type of boiler system to install, to ensure that the building remains heated for many years to come.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“My father was a founder of TW Steam & Heating Services Ltd, and I am very proud of the longevity of our business which has allowed us to be a part of a project like this.”

Ornamental plaster restoration specialists Decorative Plaster Company are currently involved with the refurbishment works at Lartington Hall, including the restoration of the ball room ceiling, along with a number of key areas that required their specialist skills.

Decorative Plaster Company Managing Director, Barry Hunter, said:

“We have been in operation since 1926 and have completed work on most of the prestigious projects within the North East. We always take pride in our work and we are very proud to be associated with the work at Lartington Hall.”

Inspire Commercial Kitchen Solutions Ltd is designing, supplying and installing the new kitchens at Lartington Hall, including the extract systems.

Inspire Commercial Kitchen Solutions Ltd Director, Chris Stoker, said:

“It is great to be a part of this refurbishment project. John is a great guy and this is a very prestigious site, so knowing that we are here, helping to transform this building, is fantastic.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“We have worked on many projects in the past and our aim is to always give the client exactly what they require to get the job done.”

In addition to the internal work, external work is also taking place including the restoration and repair of the roofing, chimneys and guttering. All of the sash windows have been refurbished on the building and three window lights have been restored.

John Wilkes said:

“We have stripped the whole site back to the bare walls – literally so we can get a better understanding of how the building was constructed and therefore sympathetically restore it. We have had a lot of plaster work repaired and we have corrected numerous ornate parts of the building. Rewiring, plumbing and stone masonry works are also being undertaken, along with a programme of decoration works using heritage palettes by Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Zoffany. The site also includes some stunning stained glass windows and these are also being sensitively restored.”

John added:

“When we first looked at the building we could tell that Lartington Hall had once been a grand structure. It was also apparent that in its present state it was ready for its next stage of rejuvenation following the great work carried out in saving the building by previous owners, Robin and Clare Rackham.

Larthington Hall Refurbishment

“From working on a similar site in the past we had gained some experience in restoration and repair so we knew that this was the right project for us. We are working closely with the contractors and I am project managing the overall project so there is someone on site at all times. This is quite an important building for the area so we have ensured that we use local skilled trade’s people on the project whenever possible.

“Both Shona and I are very proud of the work that we are conducting on Lartington Hall.”

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Restoring St John’s Church

Posted on 13 December 2012 by Premier Construction

 St John's Church- Largs

A £500,000 project to restore St John’s Church in Largs is nearing completion.

The project comprises an extensive scheme of restoration and repair works, including stone indenting, re-pointing and re-slating works, rot repair works, the installation of new lead and the repair of external timber louvers.

The stone indenting work includes both ashlar and rubble stonework – making use of stones which have a suitable geological composition – whilst the re-pointing work is being undertaken using traditional lime mortar.

In addition, work is also being undertaken on the church’s internal electrical systems to modernise the site’s audio-visual capabilities, whilst the interior of the church will benefit from redecoration.

Work began on the project in June 2012. Laing Traditional Masonry is the main contractor on the project, whilst Andrew Easton of Robert Potter & Partners is the lead architect on the site.

The St John’s Restoration project is being undertaken on behalf of the congregation of St John’s Church, with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 St John's Church- Largs

To date, the majority of the external works have been completed on the scheme and work is now focusing on the internal aspects of the project.

Robert Potter & Partners Company Partner, Andrew Easton, said:

“St John’s is situated within a very prominent seaside location, so it suffers a great deal from constant exposure to the sea air. The salt in the sea has affected the stone work considerably, which has resulted in the need for the stone indenting works, whilst other areas of the church were also in need of restoration.

 St John's Church- Largs

“As St John’s Church is Category ‘B’ listed, the most important aspect of this project for us is that we do not do anything which will have a detrimental effect on the existing fabric of the building. All of the repairs and restoration work that we are undertaking is being conducted sensitively.”

Andrew added:

“At Robert Potter & Partners we have two architects in our practice who are conservation accredited, whilst we have other team members who are currently working towards accreditation. As a practice we undertake various types of work, from social housing and health care to conservation schemes, so working on a project like this is very important to us. Undertaking the restoration of historic buildings is a core element of our practice and protecting the built environment is a very important duty that we as a custodian of this building take very seriously.

 St John's Church- Largs

“Our involvement with St John’s Church ensures that the specifications are appropriate and that the materials used can protect this building for future generations.”

The restoration of St John’s Church is on programme and is currently scheduled to reach completion in December 2012.

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Dalmuir Park Restoration- Clydebank

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Restoration of Dalmuir Park

Posted on 12 December 2012 by Premier Construction

Dalmuir Park Restoration- Clydebank

Dalmuir Park in Clydebank has been restored and improved.

Established in 1906, the park was within the former grounds of Dalmuir House and was opened to provide the local community with an essential green space in the industrial town. The fountain and former bandstand were constructed in 1907 and turned the park into the focal point of social activity including a number of political rallies between 1945 and 1963.

The project will see various improvements to the park including improving access routes, refurbishing play and sports facilities and better signage.

The heritage features of the park will also be restored and enhanced, including repairing the Edwardian fountain, rock garden and floral boat; restoring the character of the woodlands; developing planting and repairing weirs, piers and sluices at Duntocher Burn.

The Council also hopes to improve community engagement in Clydebank, encouraging local volunteers and groups to become involved not only with the restoration work, but in the continued management of the park, community events and educational opportunities.

Ronnie Dinnie, the Council’s Head of Neighbourhood Services, said:

“Restoring this park to its former glory will contribute to the social regeneration of Clydebank and add to the growing sense of civic pride here.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £859,600 to regenerate and restore the park in July 2011 and West Dumbarton Council committed £610,000 to the project. A further £272,000 in non-cash in kind contributions was also pledged.

The work will be completed in January 2013, with the various community engagement elements being funded until April 2015.

 Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, Depute Convener of Housing, Environmental and Economic Development said:

“We are very grateful to everyone involved in restoration of the park and the work which has been put in to restore the park it its former glory. Following the work, Dalmuir Park will be a great benefit to the area and I am sure it will be well used by the community, not only today but for generations to come.”

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Restoring the Regal Cinema

Posted on 12 December 2012 by Premier Construction

Restoration to Regal Cinema- Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

The Regal Cinema in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, has undergone major refurbishment to restore it to its former glory.

The cinema was originally opened in 1937 and became a much-loved part of the town, operating as a commercial cinema until 1966. Faced with demolition in the late 1960’s, the Regal was bought by Tenbury Town Council in 1970.

Under the ownership of the Town Council, the building had an extended stage fitted to provide a location for live entertainment and also a community centre built at the back.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided a grant of over £680,000 towards the renovation works which have restored and repaired many of the traditional features within the cinema.

The work began in October 2011 and was completed in the summer of 2012. As well as re-instating many of the historic features within the Regal, the work aimed to improve access to the building.

Restoration to Regal Cinema- Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

The main contractor on the project was J Harper and Sons (Leominster) Ltd and the architect was Glazzards of Worcester.

One of the main features to be restored within the building were the 1930’s murals by George Legge which decorate the auditorium walls. These have been renovated and repaired by mural artist Richard Gill who cleaned and repainted sections lost over the years to damage and over-painting.

Decorative plasterwork columns and window lintel decorations, lost from the facade in the late 1960’s, have also been reinstated.

The main entrance doors to the Regal have been moved, creating a larger foyer space and allowing for a disabled access lift to be fitted. This allows people who have difficulty with stairs access to the foyer and rear of the auditorium for the first time.

Restoration to Regal Cinema- Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

The art-deco style of the foyer has been enhanced, preserving original features such as the pay box.

The proscenium arch that surrounded the original cinema screen has been repainted into its original gold, allowing it to be seen as it would have been in 1937 when the cinema first opened.

Also in the auditorium, the original lighting scheme has been restored and the decorative arched “window” openings on the side walls have been repainted to their original colours and relit.

The original parquet floor in the projection room and much of the upstairs has been repaired and re-laid where it has been damaged. In addition, the technical rooms, including the projection room, have been fully renovated.

On the roof, improved guttering aids drainage and prevents future roof and building damage from leaks. The auditorium roof has been completely replaced and new, safer roof space access created.

As a finishing touch to the work, the original neon lighting scheme has been restored at the front of the building, including long red and green tube lights and the name ‘Regal’ in neon white.

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