A celebration to mark the completion of Donald Insall Associates’ restoration work to the Art Deco Silver Gallery at the Grade II listed Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel took place last week, with project Associate Director Neil McLaughlin and other design team members in attendance to witness the unveiling of Insall’s work.
The project, which saw Insall acting as architects responsible for managing and coordinating the restoration of the Silver Gallery’s Art Deco interior, consisted of the creation of a new decorative ceiling; repairs to the ornate balustrading which has been cleaned, repatinated and reinstated; and new palladium gilding to the walls and other decorative plaster details.
The work took place following water damage to the Gallery in spring 2019, and incorporated new concealed services throughout, discreet flush ceiling access hatches to improve future maintenance, together with new subtle emergency lighting and smoke detection.
The Silver Gallery was part of an early 1930’s addition to the existing hotel, as a luxurious and decadent Art Deco entrance for guests arriving from Piccadilly to enter the ballroom at sub-basement level. The original architects for this extension was Messrs. Henry Tanner, and the decoration to the Silver Gallery at ground floor level and the grand staircase down to the ballroom were designed by Messrs. Kenan Ltd.
Working for the Austin Newport Group, Donald Insall Associates’ have ensured that the Silver Gallery is now closer to its original early 1930’s appearance than ever before, with improved lighting and the restored original finishes recreating the original luxurious design intention for this fabulous space.