Custom-made Wallpaper, surveying and fitting

Castle Coch Visitor Centre

Our team worked alongside Cod Steaks, who designed two wallpapers for the ground floor and first floor for one of the two towers in the 19th century-built Castle Coch, above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales.

The requirements for the material as part of the brief, were that it needed to be fit for purpose, in a heavily trafficked area. The rooms were to become interactive and the wall coverings had to represent that.

There were limitations stipulated regarding the application. Due to the castle being a listed building, the paste needed to be starch based, with a low PVA content. There had to be little disruption to the existing walls, essentially ruling out any adhesive backed materials. Due to this we used Coala WallDesignNW Smooth Matt 350gsm starch-based paste.

Our team at C3 Imaging conducted a full survey of each room. All measurements and plenty of photographs were taken to highlight any potential hazards. Then we worked out exactly how much material was needed to complete the job.

Working with Cod Steaks, we applied the wallpaper starting from a fixed position, making each drop equal in width and allowing for potential mistakes when adhering to a difficult surface. We ensured plenty of the correct low PVA content starch-based paste was applied on the walls and paper. The project from start to finish took a month to complete.

There was no bubbling or peeling back after weeks of letting the install cure. The clients were over the moon with the final work, and Cadw, who maintain the Castle, received positive feedback from the visiting public.

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