ASF's specialist ironwork capabilities were sought out to repair, refurbish and renovate the cast iron stair balusters for the high profile project at the Hannover Buildings in Manchester
A combination of new pattern work, moulds and resins taken from original ironwroks on site, and modular repairs saw this run down stair baluster returned to its former glory
A full method statement was produced for the clinet and English Heritage
There were 2 different designs on 2 stairwells that required slightly different approches
The first was a fully cast baluster that had many of the panels simply missing as well as a series of damaged sections with missing bar, finial and scroll features. These individual damaged pieces numbers hundreds of mini projects within the ,main scope of the job.
The complete missing panels were remade in full by using an existing and surviving baluster as a template to create a new pattern.
The individual damaged sections were then replaced piece by piece by taking resin moulds from the original baluster and making individual patterns and moulds from these.
All parts, large or small, were hand cast in a furane resin sand mould using techniques that would reflect the work done when the baluster was first manufactured in the Victorian era.
The second baluster style had a cast outer frame with retrospectively fitted scrolls and wrought ironworks. None of these needd fully replacing, so damaged sections were either removed and carefully repaired in our workshops, or repaired whilst in situ and on site.