The Sheraton – Silver Gallery

Background
The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is located in the heart of Mayfair, London. Its art d├ęco interior and ideal location are adored by thousands of visitors each year.

On the 31st March 2019, the ceiling of the stunning Silver Gallery collapsed due to a burst water pipe causing severe damage to the gallery fabric and decoration.

The Silver Gallery is in regular use as a reception area for the hotel ballroom two floors below and is listed grade II; the gallery is an iconic masterpiece held up by architects as an exemplar of its age.

Completed in 1927, the gallery centrepiece is its magnificent, polished nickel-silver balustrading and handrails with matching lanterns that bore the brunt of the ceiling impact damage; extending downwards over eight flights of stairs accessing first the balcony level and then the ballroom.

 

The Brief
We were approached to provide a detailed condition report and estimated costs to restore the gallery level balustrades to their former glory.

The Result
The gallery level balustrades and lanterns are made up of over 650 separate casts and fabricated pieces of solid nickel-silver, held together with more than 2600 minute nickel-silver machine screws. The balustrade had to be dismantled entirely, components repaired or replaced as necessary, deep-cleaned, polished and rebuilt ready for installation.

In addition to this work, we were instructed to remove, refurbish, deep clean and polish the remaining six flights of balustrading from the lower levels to create a seamless effect to the major restoration works.

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