“At Hall Conservation, we have a ‘can do’ attitude,” explains founder and director, Brian Hall. “Our projects don’t come with problems, they come with challenges, and our team is great at finding bespoke solutions to each and every one of them.”
When Brian Hall started Hall Conservation just over a decade ago, he already had a wealth of experience in the restoration industry. Brian’s early work included the ambitious restoration of the Hereford Screen, George Gilbert Scott’s enormous choir screen from Hereford Cathedral, now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. “That was a fantastic project that some people thought would be next to impossible to actually do. We did it though,” recalls Brian, with a smile.
Last year, Hall Conservation undertook the mammoth task of restoring the famous Warrington Golden Gates, a huge set of gates gifted to the town in 1895 and last restored in the 1970s. Following a specialist survey, Hall Conservation carefully dismantled the gates and transported them to their workshop where they were painstakingly restored. “It was an honour to be chosen for the project because the Warrington Golden Gates hold such a special place in the hearts of the townsfolk. When we returned them, restored in time for the annual walking day last summer, it felt like the entire town came out to welcome the gates home.”
Hall Conservation’s work on the Warrington Gates has since been shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards. “I’m delighted for our team that their work on this project has been recognised,” said Brian Hall, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many talented people working together to one aim.”