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Case Studies

Buckingham Palace Road

Buckingham Palace Road

This ambitious refurbishment of a landmark Victorian building in Buckingham Palace Road features at its heart a magnificent atrium, made all the more impressive through the artistic application of Venetian Polished Plaster.

The atrium is one of the largest to be found within a commercial premises in Europe and creates the most spectacular central feature within an altogether imposing and awe-inspiring interior.

Venetian Polished Plaster has undoubtedly come into its glorious own here. The client wanted to achieve a lightly honed stone effect which emphasized the scale and shape of the atrium, so after careful consideration we used a bright white Marmorino on the walls in the main atrium, and a moody dark grey Spatulato to the walls and ceiling of the escalator area. This combination enabled us to achieve a powerful contrast - through clever use of light and dark, and also subtle variation in texture.

The scale of the project was exciting in itself. The budget for the polished plaster alone was £100,000 with a surface area in the region of 1000m2. Working closely with BPC Interiors, Evoke's talented artisans were on site for 25 days, involved from the start in matching samples of materials and colours thereafter continuing to work with the designers to ensure eventual look and feel blended seamlessly with the overall interior design.

Mayfair

Mayfair, London W1

Nicholas Kirkwood is a British shoe designer who wanted to redesign his flagship boutique in London's Mayfair.

Evoke Polished Plaster was invited to work alongside Pearl Fit-Out, a retail interiors company. Our brief was to apply Venetian Plaster to stunning effect, on a variety of surfaces.

Using an experienced team of two, it took five days to decorate around 20m2 of wall space. The client wanted to achieve a particularly arresting effect on two of the walls, with the look and feel of distressed concrete - but incorporating a bronze trim. Our challenge here was to keep the polished plaster away from the trim, a delicate and painstaking task requiring focus and dexterity.

An arguably greater challenge came with a shelving display, designed by Nicholas Kirkwood himself and based on an antique bookshelf he owns. Our objective was to enhance this fantastic presentation space by using the very beautiful Travertine polished plaster finish.

To achieve the crisp, sharp angles that gave the best opportunity for Travertine to make an impressive visual statement, we had to dismantle the finished structure and meticulously plaster each part before reassembling it. The result was well worth the effort: beautiful footwear now displayed to best advantage!

As a direct result of our work on this project Evoke Polished Plaster was referred to the Maria Tash concession within Liberty of London.

Lowndes Square

Apartment - Lowndes Square, SWl

This project was part of an apartment refurbishment with an overall budget of c £1 million. For all those involved, it affirmed that thorough preparation, constructive collaboration and the willingness to go that extra mile, are core ingredients for a great result.

Whilst visiting Egypt, our client had seen Venetian Plaster used to great effect and decided that they'd like a similar, highly polished finish in their London home, across an impressive area of wall space covering stair well, dining and living areas. They particularly wanted to achieve a smooth uninterrupted surface to show the beauty of scale, colour and materials.

Working closely with their interior designer and main contractor, we produced a number of finishes as part of the development phase. This meant that the client, who was actively involved throughout, could see different options in situ and through a careful evolutionary process, achieve precisely the effect they were looking for.

Ultimately, we combined two different finishes to attain the smooth, still and consistent sheen that the client had wanted from the outset. It called into play all the skills and experience of the artisans and their sensitive use of the tools available, but the end result - a show-stopping expanse of highly polished cream Venetian Plaster - is really spectacular.

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, SW8

The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station is one of the country's most significant design and development projects so far this century. For Evoke Polished Plaster, it was an honour and a privilege to work on such an iconic building of monumental importance.

We were retained to work within 11 of the Penthouse apartments, and in each one Venetian Polished Plaster was the surface of choice for all interior walls, to ensure that luxury is maintained, through design, quality of materials and finish.

With penthouses selling for £28,000,000 (and all reserved early by people from the worlds of business, music and entertainment), the scale of the task was immense. We had teams of four artisans at work executing polished plaster finishes to around 2,500m2 of wall space at an overall budget of £150,000.

Using the same materials and finish helped enormously with streamlining and project management. An off-white Spatulato with a high gloss finish throughout lounge, hallways and bathrooms in all apartments provides future residents with the quality and style they will expect - but also the potential to add their own personality.

Apart from the essential technical and creative skills we had to apply consistently, we had to be absolutely 'on top of it' in terms of project management. Working alongside various trades - all with deadlines to meet - co-ordinated by the main contractor or a specialist sub-contractor, meant that efficient planning was vital to ensure the relevant trades followed one after the other, to avoid delays.

Despite the potential for hiccups, the entire project ran smoothly from start to finish confirming that we have the combination of skills, experience and professionalism vital to succeed with projects of such size and complexity.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill, London W11

Notting Hill is one of London's most desirable areas with a thriving personality, encouraged by a lively culture and arts scene. It also has some of the most beautiful residential properties in the capital.

For Evoke Polished Plaster, this particular project, part of a significant refurbishment of a £15,000,000 home, provided an opportunity to produce something visually arresting in a central area of the house - the crossroads to all floors and living areas.

The client was actively involved in all design and project management decisions. His objectives included achieving a seamless openness in the halls, and a suitably dramatic effect from a spiral staircase descending through four floors. Which is where we came in...

Liaising closely with the client and the contractor, Evoke Polished Plaster initially provided advice and examples of different finishes to achieve the desired effects.

Spatulato Venetian Polished Plaster was the finish of choice for the hall and staircase areas: its high-gloss effect provided the fluidity the client was looking for. We produced samples in several different shades of white to achieve an accurate match with the overall colour scheme.

On site for around 15 days, we had a two-man team working with 200m2 of Venetian Polished Plaster. The finish on the walls has ensured that they do indeed, appear to flow seamlessly, providing an impressive backdrop to the wonderful staircase that, uninterrupted, links the very top of the house with the basement.

Sahara Grill

Sahara Grill Restaurant

Founded in 2004, the renowned Sahara Grill chain of unique restaurants is widely recognised as being the original, influential and still the best innovators of today's modern, flourishing halal cuisine.

Evoke Polished Plaster was invited to work alongside The Fit-Out, a retail interiors company. Our brief was to apply Venetian Plaster to stunning effect, on a variety of surfaces. We were first asked to work on one of the original Sahara grill restaurants back in 2010 the design they came up with was of two big curving pods that would house the open kitchen area. We used a sand coloured polished plaster dragged finish to achieve a very stone like finish to these curved walls. The second third pod area was the toilets We used a very glossy polished plaster spatulato finish in a dark blue/ black to achieve a seamless finish.

Using an experienced team of three it took five days to decorate in venetian plaster around 100m2 of wall space.

The second restaurant we worked on was in Hounslow London early on in 2018. The concept with the pods was the same as the first restaurant using the same dragged polished plaster finish. The other two areas by the toilets and up the stairs we came up with two very bespoke finishes. The first in a deep brown is a combination of two polished plaster finishes. The first using marmorino is a fine pitted finish once this had dried we stuck a vinyl to the walls in a barcode style over the top we used our Spatulato finish to create a shinny finish over the pitted finish. Once the wall was dry we pulled the stencil out from the wall added a dark brown wax leaving a very stylish finish. The third area going up the stairs we produced a drift wood finish with a gold wax over the top. We used Marmorino first to create a heavy texture. The following day we put a mixture of two different polished plaster pastes over the wall trowelling to a high shine. Once dry we added two waxes to give you a gold effect with high shine.

Covent Garden

Hexagon Apartment, Covent Garden

The redevelopment of Parker Tower The Hexagon Building in Covent Garden. The development consists of the remodeled tower and a new low rise block to provide 59 residential and affordable homes, as well as offices addressing Parker Street and Newton Street. A new landscaped garden will connect the two buildings and create private space for the new affordable homes.

We were retained to work within 59 apartments, and in each one finished in Polished Plaster concrete was the finish of choice for all interior columns, to ensure that luxury is maintained, through design, quality of materials and finish.

With apartments start selling for £2.5,000,000 We had teams of four artisans at work executing polished plaster finishes to around 3000m2 of wall space at an overall budget of £180,000.

Using the concrete polished plaster finish in a greenish grey throughout the lounge, bedrooms and bathrooms in all apartments provides future residents with the quality and style they will expect - but also the potential to add their own personality.

Working alongside various trades - all with deadlines to meet - co-ordinated by the main contractor or a specialist sub-contractor, meant that efficient planning was vital to ensure the relevant trades followed one after the other, to try and avoid delays.

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