St George's Hall

Liverpool Landmark is Restored

A historic Liverpool landmark has been stunningly restored thanks to Hankinson Painting Group, who worked with architects, conservation officers, sub contractors and suppliers to ensure the project was a success.

60 tradesmen and six apprentices were used to carry out the refurbishment and redecoration of St. George’s Hall, which first opened its doors to the public in 1854.

As well as satisfying the client, the meticulous and detailed redecoration won the dedicated team the Refurbishment Category of the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Award 2006.

Mike Murtagh, Contracts Manager on the project said: “This project was fantastic to work on. Due to the age of the building we had to replace the traditional lead based paints due to health and safety issues. We consulted with the architect and conservation officers and specified Johnstone’s as they could offer more environmentally friendly and safer finishes. The conservation specialists worked quickly and came to the site to perform paint scrapings to uncover the original colours used. The outcome of the scrapings revealed four different original colours which were matched following a tinting process. Working closely with the paint manufacturers Technical Advisory Department throughout the project ensured that the colour proposal and finishes put forward satisfied both the architects and conservation officers.”

Architect Robert Chambers from Purcell Miller Tritton LLP said: “Originally a lead based product was specified to keep in line with the Grade One Listed Building, but after discussing with all relevant parties, a modern equivalent was sourced. Johnstone’s Flat Oil Paint ticked all the boxes for this specific project.”

Many traditional painting techniques were used on the project by the team of skilled tradesmen who spent many months applying finishes, such as faux granite effect, including trompe l’oeil horizontal joints and red porphyry as a border on the walls in the East and West staircases.

Similar techniques were also used in the North Entrance Hall along with stencilling of the ceiling panels, gaining and gilding as the original 1850's scheme was carefully crafted and re-established to the building’s original heritage.

Clare Winter, Specification Marketing Manager at Johnstone’s said: “Roy Hankinson Limited was recognised in the awards following the Company’s planning, project management and the high level of decorating skills used by their tradesmen. They’ve all contributed to the stunning redecoration and complete transformation of this historical Liverpool landmark.”

After winning the Refurbishment Category for its work on St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, Roy Hankinson Limited was also named the Supreme Winner, and the “People’s Choice” Winner by by the guests present at the awards.

Stephen Hankinson, Group Chief Executive said: “St.George’s Hall was a very important piece of work for our Company. We needed to ensure that this important Liverpool landmark that housed many historical features was not only completed to impeccable standards, but was sensitively restored in keeping with its unique heritage.”