Green & Parry take a bow for Everyman Theatre’s ‘restoration drama
When top London architects Foster Wilson were awarded the £3m Everyman Theatre refurbishment contract, they called in Gloucester decorators Green & Parry.
The company, run by Martin Green and Richard Parry, is now working to deadline to completely redecorate the famous Victorian Theatre inside and out to be ready for a grand reopening later this month.
“This is a very prestigious job,” said MD Martin Green. “We will probably never see anything like this again. The Everyman is a landmark theatre designed by the famous Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham who also designed the London Palladium among others.
“Everything is absolutely top specification. We are using genuine gold paint, which costs £100 a tin, to do the highlights. The wallpaper is hand painted and cost more than £100 a roll and we’re using 70 rolls.
“This paper mates up with a fibre lining paper which creates a base and helps hold the wall surface together. We are also recommending using a special varnish to seal the wallpaper, otherwise it might smudge. “The design is stunning and will put it back to what it was like when built in 1891 as near as possible. “We have been sub contracted by the builders Speller Metcalfe of Brockworth who were given the job by architects Foster Wilson of London, who specialize in this sort of work.
“We have worked with Speller Metcalfe before so they know the high quality of the work we do.”
“Other prestige jobs we’ve done recently, include Southrop Lodge near Cirencester, former rectory and once the home of John Keble, eminent churchman and poet who gave his name to Keble College Oxford. Kate Moss lives practically next door now.
“We also did decoration work for international tycoon and famous yachtsman Peter de Savary at his multimillion pound Cotswolds mansion, at Withington.”
Martin 44 and Richard 38 have worked together for many years, bringing a wealth of experience to bear ontheir work.
Both men went through the time-honoured process of training at Gloscat and serving an apprenticeship, honing their skills over years of practical experience in the trade.
Today they employ a seasoned staff of 15, hand-picked for their workmanship, honesty and loyalty, working mainly in Gloucestershire but travelling when the need areas.
For a free no-obligation quotation for quality decorating, call 07957 450963 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greenandparry.co.uk
Quality decorators are the masters of illusion
Faux finishing is the latest technique to take the world of interior decorating by storm. It involves using paintwork to create the illusion of wood graining or stone finishes which look amazingly realistic.
The skills developed by Gloucester-based Martin Green Traditional Decorating Ltd in this area are in great demand, initially in the London area but now in other parts of the country as well.
The company’s owner and quality director Martin Green explained: “Faux finishing is the art of making paintwork look like real wood or marble.It used to be hugely popular in the 1930s and 40s. It is something that certainly seems to be coming back into fashion.”
There is also the advantage that it is far less expensive than using real materials such as oak, mahogany or marble. But the results can be just as pleasing.
Martin is particularly qualified to perform the technique. As a young man he was taught how to do Faux finishing by Gloucestershire College lecturer David Wilson and went on to become the winner of the National Graining and Marbling competition.
Recently Martin wrote about the technique and how to do it in a four page article in the national Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine. He went into great detail about the decorative style, although most people would probably rather leave it to the experts like Martin Green Traditional Decorating Ltd.
Faux finishing is another example of the quality and perfection on which Martin Green Traditional Decorating Ltd has built its reputation since the company was founded six years ago.
Thanks to steady growth, Martin Green Traditional Decorating Ltd has now achieved a £1 million turnover with a staff of 26 and a reputation for decorating some of the most fabulous properties including stately manor houses and elegant country houses.
The owners expect and receive craftsmanship of the finest quality.
Martin said: “I believe in being straight and honest with our clients. There is no secret to our success, just hard work and a commitment to quality.
“There is a boom in the decorating business at the moment and I am getting so many calls from clients and builders I have not heard from before.
“2017 is already looking very busy and we are recruiting more staff to join the company on our exciting journey”
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