St Paul’s is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, it was consecrated in 1708, and was for two centuries the dominant profile on the London Skyline.
As a result of its age, and exposure to increased levels of atmospheric pollution, the three clock faces in the South East Tower, and the copper ‘pineapples’ on the pinnacles of the South East & North West Towers were seriously degraded and causing concern.
Campbell Smith operatives undertook a major restoration project to repaint the clock faces, and re-gild the numerals, the hands and the pineapples.
Following thorough cleaning, preparation and painting of the clock faces, two layers of double weight gold leaf were applied to provide the most durable finish possible.