Cheshire West & Chester Council invested in a £500,000 restoration project in Chester, which included the refurbishment of the iconic Eastgate Clock. Erected in 1899, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the clock has become an iconic landmark for the city. It is the second most photographed clock in the country, after Big Ben.
The clock was last restored in 1996, therefore the extent of works required was quite daunting. Working alongside the main contractor and other trades, the team thoroughly researched the original clock design before using a system of PPG Johnstone’s paints to deliver a detailed restoration of the clock’s metalwork. Over a three-week period, a team of ten directly employed Bagnalls’ decorators, prepared the metal surfaces and applied a five coat system of black and red paint to restore the clock to the standard of the original architect’s drawings. Then a specialist contractor was employed to apply the gold leaf.
The clock holds significant historical value and attracts the interest of visitors and local people to the city of Chester, throughout the year. Now that it has been faithfully restored it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.