Novus makeover for historic Memorial Hall

Property maintenance specialist Novus Property Solutions has completed the internal decoration of The Manchester Grammar School’s ornate Memorial Hall, ahead of the school’s 500th anniversary in 2015.

The contractor worked in partnership with the school and other trades over an eight week period to carefully refresh the stunning hall, which will host celebrations to mark the milestone birthday next year.

With the use of scaffolding, extensive preparations were carried out by Novus ahead of the decoration work, including the washing and light abrasion of timber panelling, which was later treated with specialist wood oil in order to maintain the life cycle of the new coating.

The Novus team delicately completed intricate work in the room, honouring a tradition adopted by the school of leaving one decorative leaf on the 12-metre high ceiling unfinished, while painting the rest.

A classic colour scheme was chosen for the hall by Crown Paints, with Novus carrying out the work sensitively, around distinguished features such as striking stained glass windows. Novus’ work for the grammar school – a new client for the contractor – was valued in the region of £25,000.

The Memorial Hall is the primary location for prize-giving assemblies at the school and sits inside the main building of the school, which was founded in 1515. The school building itself was finished in 1931 and the Memorial Hall commemorates the First and Second World Wars.

Nigel Linger, operations manager for Novus, said:

“We were very proud to be working in such an unusual, celebrated building and ensured we delivered the work in keeping with the sensitive, historic nature of the hall.”

“Challenges we encountered included working at height and around other trades, but with our robust health and safety standards and strategic planning we overcame these challenges safely and with ease to deliver the desired results in the agreed timescale.”

The High Master of The Manchester Grammar School, Dr Martin Boulton, said:

“I am delighted with the redecoration of the Memorial Hall, which has been carried out in time for the school’s 500th anniversary.”

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