Oxford Road, Manchester

Time had taken its toll on the terracotta corbel blocks above the windows at the base of Manchester’s School of Dance. Rust had caused expansion and cracking in the soffit pieces and they were becoming a danger to the public below. Removin them and replacing them with GRC proved a challenging project, most especially in attempting to replicate not only the colour but also the finish of glazed terracotta faience. Five years later, this photograph shows that the match has been very successful. The light weight of GRC was essential in reducing the weight taken on the existing steel support angle.