About This Project
The Grand Hall, built in 1936 in the Art Deco style and featuring reliefs by Eric Gill on the façade, was acquired by the University in 1954 and operates as a lecture theatre and venue for drama and functions.
Following the current concerns about the integrity of period ceilings and given the age and construction of the fibrous plaster ceiling it was important to establish its condition and state. Stevensons of Norwich were commissioned to undertake a thorough survey and provide a report. The survey was undertaken in conjunction with a structural engineer.
The survey involved a detailed inspection of the auditorium fibrous plaster ceiling both from below and behind. Behind the ceiling was a layer of insulation boards. The boards were numbered and removed item by item to enable the back of the ceiling to be examined in detail. Following the survey the boards were replaced. The face of the ceiling was examined from below and pressure tested across its whole area.
The ceiling and its fixings were found to be in sound condition throughout and Stevensons of Norwich have provided a safety certificate under the ABTT regime.