Structural Engineering BG&E’s Chartered structural engineers are trained heritage practitioners, fully accredited as members of ICOMOS, and have graduate degrees in structural analysis of monuments and historical constructions. Our work on heritage buildings is guided by the Burra Charter (Australia) and the ICOMOS New Zealand Charter. The basis of our approach is the accurate characterisation…
Vision Ornate Plaster is a highly specialized heritage moulding and building restoration business. We are exclusive in that all heritage work from consultancy to installation is managed and completed ‘hands on’ by Vision Ornate Plaster owner/Principal craftsman Ben Belzunce and fellow specialists.
Whilst our core business is with interior heritage plaster work, we also reproduce external cemtous mouldings for many of Melbourne’s exterior specialists and heritage architects.
We have proudly re-created the historic process of heritage moulding work, in that we are and end to end service which was the way off many Architectural moulding businesses of yesteryear. ‘End to end’ services being from heritage consultancy, clay modelling through to specialist silicone moulding and the final onsite installation.
Our core business model in detail;
- Heritage consultancy and Industrial archeology
- Feasibility studies and reports
- Demounting and cataloguing of all heritage mouldings
- Onsite silicone moulding where demounting is not practical
- Restoration of heritage mouldings and samples.
- Workshop silicone and hard plaster molding to reproduce identical casts to the original samples.
- Re framing/re-construction and solid/fibrous plastering of the substrates that the heritage mouldings are supported or accompanied with.
- All work project managed and completed ‘hands on’ by Vision Ornate Plaster owner/Principal craftsman Ben Belzunce and fellow specialists.
- The prime consideration of using the ICOMOS Burra Charter and the use of original material and techniques of the original moulding for heritage conservation.
Examples of where Vision Ornate Plaster Pty Ltd specialize and have a proud-well proven track record are;
-Heritage Renovations and restorations where historical wall, ceiling Mouldings and constructions are required to be respectfully reproduced to retain the design and fabric of the heritage building.
Eg. Theatres, Commonwealth Buildings, Private Heritage buildings and small period homes.
-We can design, develop, reproduce and restore all heritage architectural mouldings from samples and proudly hand-create mouldings from historical photographs, a technique exclusive to Owner/principal craftsman Ben Belzunce . These are all then cast or repaired in all types of interior plaster and Cementous exterior products.
Further examples of frequent work;
-Restoration of Water damaged heritage wall and ceiling mouldings.
Eg. Recent and historical water damage requiring restoration and or conservation services.
-Reproduction of Historical Mouldings from client-supplied historical samples by restoration, silicone moulding and casting in plaster/Cement
Eg. Clients requiring replacements lengths of heritage cornice, ceiling panels, rosettes, archways, urns, pediments, balusters, Statues etc.
Professional Affiliations / Qualifications
Over 27 years in the Plastering and construction sector.
Heritage Project Management in Commercial and high end domestic projects.
AWCI Award winner 2017 Decorative plaster winner for the refurbishment of the Forum theatre.
Exclusive heritage moulding and plastering contractor for the Marriner Group’s 4 x east end theatres.
Strong and active relationship with leading Australian heritage Architects Lovell Chen.
Active work in 2024 at Melbourne’s The Athaneum and National theatres.
Past significant heritage projects;
Melbourne Regent Theatre 2019 refurbishment-Marriner Group/Icon Constructions.
Melbourne Princess Theatre refurbishments 2016, 2018 and 2023-Marriner Group/Soma Building services
Melbourne Forum Theatre refurbishment 2017-Marriner group/Soma Building services
Melbourne Comedy theatre custom moulding work and maintenance 2018-Marriner group/Soma building services
Melbourne town hall main hall restoration 2022- Lovell Chen/Andrew Thorn conservation
Palais Theatre restoration and reproductions
Melbourne Supreme Court Interior rotunda ceiling stabilization and restoration 2023- Lovell Chen/Court services Australia
Melbourne Welsh Church caretakers cottage restoration 2006-Camson Homes
Mandeville hall, Toorak moulding repairs 2020-Loretto College
Parkville Post office Restoration (Ex-commonwealth building)2022-Private client
‘Netherby’ Kinkora rd, Hawthorn. Reproductions 2018-2019-Dovetail constructions/Private client
‘The Salter house’, Toorak water damage (Walter burley Griffin) 2020-Private client
‘Tasma’ -Parkville ceiling restoration and reproduction. (ex-commonwealth) 2021-Private client
14 & 16 Mercer rd, Toorak . Restoration, reproductions and repairs.(EX-BHP) gold, silver and copper residences 2023-Dome Building
Stonington Mansion, Malvern maintenance and heritage plaster study 2023-Dome Building
Catherinville, Kyneton Restoration and reproductions. 2020-2021- A Romanin & Sons building/Private client
240 Bridge rd, Richmond (Ceiling stabilization and restoration) 2022- Novus Projects/SJB Architecture
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