Progress at St Andrews Sunday school

The restoration of the former Sunday school within the grounds of St Andrews church in Rodney street, Liverpool was completed by us in 2016 following a very extreme restoration.

the building had been in a state of disrepair for decades and the roof and main wall including the archways collapsed in 2014.

A small portion of the existing building remained, this was the stage we were initially invited to begin the reconstruction. the reclaimed brickwork was rebuilt with our assistance and left to cure for almost 2 years

Setting out and running in situ cement mouldings

Most of the bench run pieces are now finished and slowly curing so as the weather begins to warm up we have been able to begin setting out and running the first of the in situ mouldings.

The gable had been rebuilt following collapse and the moulding shown here was copied from old pictures.

This week we will set out and run a further bull nosed weather moulding around 4 inches above this one and continuing around the side elevations with a curved feature04.07.16 - DSCN5721.JPG


Jesmonite demonstration

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We had a visitor up at the studio, Tim Sharman, head of technical services at Jesmonite showcasing some of their fantastic range of composite materials and techniques.

Having worked with jesmonite myself for a number of years it was a pleasure to finally meet up with Tim, to hear how their unique product range has grown and to hear some of the diverse architectural, artistic and functional uses for these materials.


cross section jesmonite window surround

cross section showing thin laminate construction of jesmonite window surrounds.

One of the amazing property’s of jesmonite lies in its strength when used as a thin walled laminate.

As little as 6 mm of material will provide the strength of a similar solid cast profile thus reducing weight and material cost. Using quad-axial woven reinforcement and chopped fibre strands complex moulds and patterns can be cast stronger and lighter than before opening up huge possibilities.

The range of finishes is almost endless, coloured, matte, gloss, stone, polished, etched, aged, real metals.. in fact it is endless.

A really good thing was the genuine enthusiasm and product knowledge Tim has and we look forward to working together on future projects