The Royal Exchange Theatre

Project Background

Thomas Harrison designed this impressive building in 1809. Since then, The Royal Exchange Theatre has occupied a prominent position in St Ann's Square and is one of Manchester's most imposing buildings. It was once the epicentre of the cotton trade during the Industrial Revolution. Then, in 1973, the Royal Exchange Theatre company acquired the building. It remains one of Manchester’s premier theatres.

Project Description

Following water ingress via a failed valley gutter, sections of the ornate plaster cornice and its many enrichments were damaged. We stepped in to provide a comprehensive report and quotation for urgent repairs. Structural engineers, Thomason's, along with The Royal Exchange Theatre management team awarded, Restoration Projects with this prestigious contract.


  • The programming of works for our specialist contractors to complete the first phase within the client’s demanding schedule - ensuring minimum disruption to ongoing theatre productions.
  • Providing a pre-construction health and safety plan.
  • Providing a complicated, internal, high-level access scaffold.
  • The formation of plaster moulds for new sections and details.
  • A detailed construction and health and safety plan.
  • Ceiling/plaster inspection and report.
  • Paint colour matching and resin flake analysis.
  • Repairs to soffits, cornices, and corbels.
  • Decoration.

  • Location Manchester City Centre
  • Project Length Phase I and II - 12 Months