SAVING THE ITALIAN FEATURES
St Vincent’s had benefitted from the craftsmanship of the early Italian immigrants, boasting some beautiful terrazzo, mosaic and marble floor surfaces. Using the skills of our in-house mosaic conservator, we were able to rescue many of these surfaces, conserving and restoring as appropriate.
We were able to advise on the best approach to the re-levelling of the church’s entrance, where there was a risk of the original mosaic being lost and replaced with a concrete floor finish. Instead, we lifted the mosaic and excavated the substrate to achieve the required new level. Our specialist mosaic restorer then re-laid the mosaic. A flexible approach was required here; in order to carry out this work in a busy construction environment our team worked out of hours to complete the project and save an important historic feature.
Elsewhere, terrazzo was cleaned, repaired and reinstated where appropriate. Victorian tiled floors were cleaned and repaired, and marble was returned to its former glory through careful cleaning.
Gilded mosaic panels in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart had suffered damage as a result of water ingress and encroaching vegetation. The panels were carefully removed, strengthened with reinforcing grout, repaired and reinstated in their original position.
Nearby original marble panelling was in danger of collapse. It was taken off and reinstated with stainless steel fixings.