Refurbishment of Painter's Hall

Refurbishment of Painter-Stainers main Banqueting Hall

The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, the fifth oldest of the 110 Guilds in the City of London, appointed Cluttons as lead consultant to undertake a feasibility study for the refurbishment of the main Banqueting Hall which is used as an events space for up to 200 diners or up to 350 reception guests.

How we helped

The feasibility study identified areas where improvements could be made and recommended works to the building fabric as well as anticipated costs and programme.

Following the feasibility study, we were then instructed to progress with formulating and administering an agreed scheme comprising external fabric repairs together with a full refurbishment of the main Banqueting Hall interior including all lighting aspects, audio, display cabinet, gilding and decorations, French polishing, window blinds and timber parquet flooring.

Implementation of the scheme required careful consideration to ensure that works were appropriately programmed for sequence, as well as mitigating disturbance to the Hall’s commercial events which generate critical income for its maintenance and administration.

How we achieved this

In consultation with the Client a limited closure period was created in the summer months which minimised the loss of essential trading income. This in turn placed huge pressure on achieving accurate planning and management.

Therefore, by assessing the scope and sequencing of each aspect of the work, a programme was formulated to run over the course of several years, together with a suitably long lead-in period which ensured the Hall’s objectives were met.

During year one, we commenced with implementing a full-size large sample area of the Hall’s decorative gilding & polishing scheme, picture and recessed dome lighting, together with assessing new fitments such as wayfinding lighting through to electrical facias. External fabric repairs were also undertaken with careful consideration to the ongoing Hall events programme, with the scope of work including re-roofing above the Banqueting Hall together with various external maintenance works primarily aimed at maintaining wind & weathertightness as well as ongoing compliance with H&S requirements. These external works also included redecorations and stone cleaning. Following a carefully considered assessment of the sampling in the Hall, the summer closure also afforded the opportunity to refurbish the magnificent chandeliers with the conversion to LED lamps, upgrade all picture lighting and recessed dome lighting as well as wayfinding lighting, design and installation of new silver display cabinet, design and installation of new audio system purpose designed to suit the Hall acoustics.

Year two saw the closure period fully utilised for the full refurbishment of the Hall interior including plaster repairs, redecorations, re-gilding, chandelier relacquer and hand polish, full French Polishing of timber panelling, refurbishing and rehanging of the Hall coat of arms. Undertaking these extensive works within a limited timescale was achieved with the benefit of the experience of year one works of sampling and associated assessment. 

Year three sees the repair and full refurbishment of the Banqueting Hall’s fine parquet timber floor.

We are delighted to see the work to the Banqueting Hall receiving the distinction at this year’s Painting & Decorating Association’s Annual Premier Trophy Awards of the top award in the Highly Decorative category.