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Large Dome in The Royal Exchange Theatre building, Manchester

Client Details

  • Client Name:The Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Location:Manchester

About This Project

The Royal Exchange Theatre building in Manchester suffered structural damage following a bomb blast in the city centre. As a result of the blast significant in situ repairs to plasterwork had to be undertaken throughout the building. In some cases the decorative plasterwork had to be replaced and in this category fell the main central dome. A combination of securing, repair and replacement was instructed and undertaken by Stevensons of Norwich. 

  • Our photograph shows two of the three domes in the Royal Exchange Theatre building in Manchester.
  • The two smaller domes were repaired and restored by Stevensons. The large central dome shown in the left of our photograph was renewed in its entirety.
  • The central dome was reconstructed in our Norwich factory as 700 individual components, delivered to Manchester and installed by Stevensons craftsmen.
  • The combination of repair where possible and replacement where not possible are typical of the Stevensons restoration service.

Stevensons were selected to undertake the major restoration and repair works needed in connection with the bomb damaged plasterwork principally because the Management Contractor was of the opinion that we had the resources to execute the works to a short programme and to the required quality.

At the time of the works the main scaffold was judged to be the largest in Europe. It was dismantled to programme after Stevensons had completed our works. A National Award for our work followed shortly after completion to the Client’s satisfaction.