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Trafford Centre - Restoration of Barton Square Fountain

The cast brass fountain and it’s sculptures were displaying significant corrosion as a result of poor maintenance, its position outside and the huge number of corroding coins that had been thrown into the fountain bowls contaminating the water system over the last 20+ years. Originally the brass sculptures had been lacquered for protection but this had failed throughout as a result of time, chemicals in the water and damage caused by impact from coins.

We thoroughly stripped back all the remaining lacquer and corrosion from all the brass and bronze work by hand using heritage approved renaissance cleaning products, before thoroughly washing down and polishing again to a bright finish.

Our team then repaired & improved a great many abrasions and casting defects identified by the client’s team, filling, deep cleaning and re-polishing where necessary.

Finally, we applied three coats of Incralac lacquer spray to protect the finish.

The cast brass fountain and it's sculptures were suffering from heavy corrosion.

The cast brass fountain and it's sculptures were suffering from heavy corrosion.

We provided two sample restorations to the fountain brasses to confirm the level of finish that could achieve to mitigate risk and to manage our client’s expectations. The original castings were discovered to be of a poor quality with many original defects found.

We provided two sample restorations to the fountain brasses to confirm the level of finish that could achieve to mitigate risk and to manage our client’s expectations. The original castings were discovered to be of a poor quality with many original defects found.

The uppermost fountain bowl prior to our restoration.

The uppermost fountain bowl prior to our restoration.

The restored uppermost fountain bowl.

The restored uppermost fountain bowl.

One of the six mermaids prior to our restoration.

One of the six mermaids prior to our restoration.

One of the six restored mermaids.

One of the six restored mermaids.

Mermaid bright and smiling again. Well nearly!

Mermaid bright and smiling again. Well nearly!

Project Details

  • Main Contractor: Vinci Construction