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Barnes Hospital, Cheadle

Constructed in 1871 the Grade II listed hospital was closed in 1999 and became derelict, during which time a lot of the original metalwork was stolen or damaged.

Recently the iconic gothic building has been developed into residential accommodation; We were approached to manufacture and install replica cast iron balustrades and restore the few originals to the two main staircases.

We recovered a few of the surviving original cast iron balustrade panels from site which we used to create new pattern drawings for new moulds. Each were cast numerous times in cast iron to complete the staircase balustrades.

We installed the castings into their original sockets within the stone staircases and finish painted all using our own high quality paint system, leaving the client in this instance, to source replica timber handrails to complete the project.

Some of the surviving original cast iron balustrade panels.

Some of the surviving original cast iron balustrade panels.

Detail of the original cast iron balustrade panels.

Detail of the original cast iron balustrade panels.

The balustrade panels slot together utilising mortise and tenon joints.

The balustrade panels slot together utilising mortise and tenon joints.

The balustrade panels slot together utilising mortise and tenon joints.

The balustrade panels slot together utilising mortise and tenon joints.

One of the staircase balustrades being installed by our own experienced installation team. Both balustrades are now finished but work continues on the building's interior which preventing from taking good quality finished photographs.

One of the staircase balustrades being installed by our own experienced installation team. Both balustrades are now finished but work continues on the building's interior which preventing from taking good quality finished photographs.

Project Details

  • Main Contractor: Reis Construction Ltd