St. George’s Hall, part of the UNESCO Liverpool Heritage Site, is one of the finest Neo-Classical buildings in the world. When constructed in the 1850s, the intricate encaustic tiled floor was the largest Minton pavement in the world at over 30,000 individual pieces. In 2016, the tiled floor underwent major restoration with the first stage successfully being completed. Craven Dunnill Jackfield is one of the only companies in the world capable of manufacturing such complex encaustic tiles, using traditional hand processes and skills to achieve tiles that match the originals. The complexity of the project is hugely demanding; hand-carving the tile moulds took several months alone, whilst each tile is individually hand-pressed and cut before firing. Alan Smith, Manager of St. George’s Hall reports: “It has been a real delight to be able to call on the outstanding professionals at Jackfield and to see their exacting and high quality workmanship revive this iconic floor”.
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