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Nottingham City Hall

Nottingham City Hall or Nottingham Council House to give its proper name is grade 2* listed and resides in the centre of Nottingham. Designed by Thomas Cecil Howitt and built between 1927 and 1929 in the Neo-Baroque style characterised by the huge pillars that circle the building along with the carvings on the facade. It replaced the former Nottingham Exchange.

We were asked to increase the height of 12 No. existing bronze baluster posts to the first-floor facade by 150mm, to provide increased fall protection to those using the balcony.

We carefully cut off the handrails and top bosses and returned these to the workshop leaving the post bases in situ. New patterns and bronze castings were made to increase the height of the posts with an additional collar detail introduced to mask the joint.

The original balustrade stood only 400mm above the height of the parapet wall; the client requested an increase in height to 550mm to provide greater fall protection.

The original balustrade stood only 400mm above the height of the parapet wall; the client requested an increase in height to 550mm to provide greater fall protection.

We cast twelve cast bronze tapered spigots and installed these on site. The joints were polished and the bronze left to darken and patinate naturally.

We cast twelve cast bronze tapered spigots and installed these on site. The joints were polished and the bronze left to darken and patinate naturally.

Within the workshop the original handrail connections were welded to the new castings prior to sanding the welds flush.

Within the workshop the original handrail connections were welded to the new castings prior to sanding the welds flush.

The new castings were spigotted into the original handrail connectors.

The new castings were spigotted into the original handrail connectors.

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