A restoration project has begun on the Great Hall ceiling in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, the first of its kind in more than 70 years.
A team of restoration specialists are undertaking work which includes identifying and removing loose paint work, checking the condition of plaster and re-painting areas in need of attention.
The restoration is expected to be completed by the end of May and is expected to cost in the region of £250,000, a sum which will be paid with designated city council funding.
Specialist conservation company Hankinson Group will scale the 82-feet high building interior and its 72-feet-wide ceiling to carry out the work, but the rest of the Grade I listed building remains open to visitors.
Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle explained: “With any building of this age, it’s inevitable areas are going to need a facelift or renovation work, and it’s imperative we take action as soon as possible to remedy the issues and ensure the Hall is in impeccable condition.”
Head of Heritage, Development and Preservation, Alan Smith, added: “I’ve spent a huge amount of time over the past decade transforming St George’s Hall into a major event space and wedding venue – and quite simply, people come to the venue because of how it looks. I’m biased, but there really isn’t anything out there that compares to what we have on offer, and as a result we can’t ignore it when restoration work needs to take place.