House of Lords
A unique artwork installation project in one of the world’s best-known political landmarks. Required intricate assembly, evolving scaffolding, and a complex blend of conservation and restoration.
Project Name: House of Lords – Installation of New Dawn
Project Client: Parliamentary Estate
Value of Contract: £65,000.00
Contract Date / Period: September 2015 – 3 weeks
Saltash was commissioned by the Parliamentary Estate to undertake this extremely specialist project – installing a delicate piece of glazed artwork in a highly-publicised, historic setting that remained in constant use throughout the duration of the work.
Designed and built by contemporary artist Mary Branson, New Dawn commemorates the campaign for equal voting rights for women, and now occupies a high-profile position in the House of Lords. To place it without disrupting the essential ongoing work of government, Saltash developed bespoke, evolving approaches to scaffolding, anchoring, and assembly.
Extensive repairs and restorations were also required to the setting itself; stone, masonry, historic tiling, and York paving throughout the gallery landing were all addressed.
A demanding mix of risk management and phased, out-of-hour working, the ribbon on the New Dawn installation was cut by Parliamentary dignitaries on time, and all work was completed to budget.