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> City Tiles To Be Restored, £25,000 Restoration Project
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post 22nd Jan 2007, 09:34pm
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Tens of millions of small tiles at Glasgow City Chambers will be restored by skilled craftsmen over the next few month. Experts from Northamptonshire will work round-the-clock to restore the tiles which have been suffered below the feet of visitors and councillors for the last 120 years.

Apparently the project is even more important because the floors of the Victorian building house the finest examples of unglazed ceramic mosaic in the UK.

Chief-restorer Gary Bricknell said:
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"These floors are very important because they are one of the finest examples of unglazed ceramic mosaic in the UK, so they warrant the effort being spent on them."

Mr Bicknell went on to add that:
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"Our job is to make good any structural faults or do repairs where tiles have become loose and could get lost. We will reinstate damaged or missing tiles with new or salvaged mosaic tiles in a colour match which will be very good. There are tens of millions of tiles over the three floors of the City Chambers but we will focus our attention on the main public areas. These floors have lasted very well given that there is a high footfall in some of the areas, so it is there we will spend a lot of time and effort. It would be impossible to create these floors today because there are no longer the craftsmen available who can do the work."

The £25,000 cost of the project is being funded by the city council and Scottish Heritage.

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post 23rd Jan 2007, 02:11am
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I'm delighted to see that the tiles will be restored. I was in City Chambers many times and always admired the beautiful floors and the fantastic staircases.
Thanks Martin for this new thread, although I live far away I'm still very interested in what is happening in Glasgow as I'm sure all of the members here are.
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post 23rd Jan 2007, 09:07am
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biggrin.gif Likewise tae ems am interested in anything related tae Good auld Bonnie Glasgow toon ma dear hearted hame. Actually it is a privalage tae see that such beuty is being kept & fixed instead of the usual throw it away routines of auld we do need to keep our beutefull buildings restored & care for such heritage as our old historical places. That floor is gorgeous so it is. I hope we shall see more wee news articles of hame soon. Thanks Martin. biggrin.gif


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post 23rd Jan 2007, 09:18am
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Actually I've found myself wondering whether there are "tens of millions" of tiles, is anyone willing to count the amount in the photo above and we'll make our own calculation from that?

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post 23rd Jan 2007, 09:17pm
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Is there no-one in Scotland capable of doing this job?
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post 23rd Jan 2007, 09:26pm
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A heard there were a few wee Romans still hiding oot at Loch Lomond..Kin they no get the job as they were grand wi these things?


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A good roll of Wax Cloth would do the same job laugh.gif
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Martin could ye imagine how much if wid cost if they'd tae count them first?
Cripes ah better zip it.....widnae want tae gie them any ideas laugh.gif

From one who's 'done a bitta tilin' { that's anuff you lot....ah mean the tiles ye pit oan the flerrs } I'd say the big difference now is that you can buy Mosiac tiles in say 12 by 12, wheras when these floors were built they were individual tiles.
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I'm trying, but I keep losing count! ohmy.gif
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I am delighted that The City Chambers' tiles are being saved. I just wish they had had as much foresight before they demolished our beautiful city. Still, they must have been able to find Scottish, if not Glaswegian, craftsmen to do this job? Probably the quote accepted was way below the tender given by a local firm. Cheapskates! mad.gif


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post 25th Jan 2007, 06:17pm
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I say that there are, 18 million 985 thousand,795 tiles on the floor.
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post 25th Jan 2007, 07:36pm
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Okay let's make a couple of rough assumptions and follow it through:

1. Let's assume that the area in the City Chambers to have its tiles refurbished is the size of an average football pitch.

2. The average size of the small tiles is 1cm square (see attached for 1cm square grid).

The the area of each tile = 1cm²

The area of the football pitch is 100m x 60m = 6000m²

or, in cm² = 60 000 000cm²

Therefore, if the are to be refurbished IS the size of a football pitch, then there will be in the region of 60 million tiles involved, which would mean the article is correct and I am wrong!

Now, the question is: IS the area involved for refurbishment in the region of the area of a football pitch?

Answers on a postcard to the Cooncil HQ ... or just post them here!

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...here's a football pitch in case anyone doesn't know its dimensions in meters. ohmy.gif

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post 25th Jan 2007, 09:54pm
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Och Ferget aboot the Tiles,Howzabout a nice plush Carpet instead??? i've got a heedache thinkin of aww that Martin...lol. huh.gif


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