Courtway House in a well loved and iconic listed building on Hamlet Court Road in Southend-on-Sea. Tragically it was almost destroyed by fire in May of 2011. Darjon Mouldings worked closely with BGA Architects to restore the building to its original glory. Moulds were taken of the burnt-out facade and, using our expertise in this field, we used these moulds to make faithful reproductions of the original exterior architecture.
We started with the manufacture of the large box casts in order to replicate the decorative cornices and scroll patterns of the original building. Every item of structure we created had to be stricly in keeping with the originial design in order to preserve the heritage of this structure. The facade of the building was recreated with stone granite and GRP, or Fibreglass.
The decorative squares with the bow ties in the center, see images below, were manufactured out of fibreglass and sprayed in pearlescent gold.
Darjon Mouldings worked with the builders and architects to a strict programme of works in order to ensure first class results on every stage of the job. Many comments have been made by public officials and local people alike about how well the project was carried out and at how wonderful the restored building now looks. You can read more about the story in the Southend Standard.
Fibreglass when correctly used, will provide a strong, attractive and durable finish:
- Lasts a lifetime - made of the toughest glass reinforced plastic.
- No rips or leaks - because the unit has no seams and is one continuous surface.
- Fire resistant resin available upon request.
- Chemical resistant resin available upon request.
"Here in the UK, the term 'Fibreglass' has become the universal term for this material. There are, however, a number of terms and spellings used to describe Fibreglass and these include Fiberglass, Fibre Glass, Fiber Glass, Glassfibre, Glassfiber, Glass Fibre, Glass Fiber and GRP, or Glass Reinforced Plastic."