We worked with main contractors William Anelay with guidance from Tim Ronalds Architects on this prestigious £4m restoration project primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Sita landfill trust.
The guidance for the restoration work was to conserve everything as it was as much as possible, refurbishing and protecting the infrastructure, while and installing heating and ventilation services, sound insulation, new cabling, and structural reinforcement to meet fire regulations.
A number of adjoining buildings, which were originally residences, were being converted to offices and rehearsal space; some of these original windows were replaced with traditional timber frames and required painting with an appropriate product. Farrow & Ball was chosen by the architect as it is water-based and is notable for its heritage-based colours. Newly-fitted shutters were painted to match.
With the building open to the public throughout the building work, we worked in interior areas from the basement right up to the second floor. We treated staircases, painted practise rooms and rehearsal spaces, offices, kitchen and bar areas, toilets and dressing rooms. Floors were sanded, stained and lacquered.
A particular feature of Wiltons is that the backstage areas have a large amount of exposed brickwork – this was to be retained so we provided a sensitive clean, removing decades of loose dust and soot from the surface.
We applied intumescent coating to existing steel support beams throughout the building. Certain timber surfaces such as tongue-and-groove panelling and beams were coated with a smoke & flame retardant product.
The result is a venue which looks outwardly unchanged, retaining its unique appealing character – and is now able to meet all modern safety regulations.
Wiltons Music Hall
Fire Protection and painting works
Very Highly Commended in the Highly Decorative Category at the Painting and Decorating Association Premier Trophy Awards 2016