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Restoration of the Listed Crown Bar, and the refurbishment and fitout of the non-listed DIning Rooms. The Crown Bar is an original Victorian gin-palace owned by the National Trust and visited by hundreds of thousands of overseas guests.

The restoration of the bar included improvements to the glass, mirrors, woodwork and ornate tiles. The bar is in a busy city centre location, pollutants from traffic covered the external tiles in dust and left the internal snugs dull.


Project Team

Client Mitchell and Butlers
Conservators The National Trust

I just wanted to say thank you again for a fantastic project. The quality of finish was great and the refurbishment has been well received by Mitchell and Butlers and our guests. The standard of handover on a project working with a new design and team was great. Thank you for the effort. The operations team only had positive feedback for the service provided during and following completion on the work. Finally I’d like to add another thank you for the joiners that got the python route in for the first floor bar – People said it couldn’t be done!! Sam Allchin Building Development Manager Nicholsons – Mitchell & Butlers

Work was phased section by section with exclusion zones to allow the bar to remain open during the restoration process and to allow visitors to see the conservation happening. The dining rooms are in a non-listed building but to keep the same period feel, Victorian fixtures and fittings were sourced or replicated. To reduce energy running costs, kitchen appliances were fully upgraded, new extractor canopies, supply fans and LED lighting were installed.

The ceiling required careful cleaning as the original gas lighting had left carbon deposits in the form of sooty grey halos directly above. The heat had caused damage to the famous papier mache ceiling. Flooring tiles had to be removed, restored and re-laid often several days later. Once the tiles were lifted, we made temporary tables to cover over the area, to protect it, but to make an innovative 'feature' of the hoarding. We worked with a local team of National Trust approved conservators and specialists to restore all these original features. Small detailed elements that were damaged such as handles and hinges were remolded from originals. Damage and cracks in the external façade were restored and finicals were replicated to match the originals.

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