Bespoke plaster ceiling techniques for Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre


The architecturally stunning new building in the grounds of an ancient college contains a lecture theatre, studio, two seminar rooms and function space – and needed to complement and enhance its 13th century surroundings. We were commissioned to craft their unique lecture hall ceiling using bespoke plaster ceiling techniques.


A bespoke plaster pleated ceiling decoration

In the form of an upside-down Spanish fan, our master plasterers created a stunning pleated plaster ceiling for the lecture hall to complement the oak-lattice-lined walls and precision-cut Clipsham limestone elements.

Working closely with the architects, we drew the vast 200m2 custom plaster ceiling in 3D CAD, and then strategically broke up the design to use as few moulds as possible. Using technology was crucial for this job, as we were able to work out the complicated fabrication of plaster moulds and casts on screen rather than on the bench. From then, there was a lot of modelmaking in our workshop before fitting on site to extremely precise measurements.

We incorporated a 10mm shadow gap lined in to every column around the perimeter of the room, meaning there was absolutely no margin for error for our master plasterers in these plaster ceiling techniques. The 10mm wide lines had to be straight and were lasered through into position over a length of approximately 20 metres.


This job reminded us that using technology in conjunction with traditional fibrous plaster ceiling techniques can result in something very new and exciting. No one had ever come to us with a design quite like this before, and it went on to win multiple awards and was shortlisted for a the RIBA International Award.


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