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  • Writer's pictureAdam Sawyer

Preserving History with Expert Fabric Treatment at Lumley Castle

Nestled within the heart of County Durham and within easy driving distance from Newcastle, Durham, and Sunderland, Lumley Castle stands as a majestic monument to over 630 years of history. This Grade I listed castle, a testament to a bygone era of chivalry and honor, now serves as a luxurious hotel, offering guests the unique experience of staying in one of its 73 elegantly appointed rooms. Recently, our team had the privilege of contributing to the preservation and safety of this historic establishment by treating its fabrics to meet the highest standards of fire safety and preservation.

A Castle Steeped in History

Lumley Castle is not just a hotel; it's a piece of living history. With its magnificent architecture and luxurious interiors, including elegant drapes, four-poster beds, feature baths, and rooms with breathtaking views, the castle offers a unique glimpse into the past. Ensuring the safety and preservation of its fabric elements, while maintaining the integrity and aesthetics of the historical interior, was a task we approached with the utmost respect and dedication.

Lumley Castle four poster bed fire retardant spraying

Our Mission: Upholding Safety Without Compromising on Elegance

The project at Lumley Castle required a nuanced approach, as we aimed to meet contemporary safety standards without detracting from the historical and aesthetic value of the interiors. Our goal was to treat the curtains, headboards, upholstery, and wallcoverings in all 73 rooms, adhering to the following standards:

  • BS 5867 Part 2 Type B for curtains,

  • BS 5852 for headboards and upholstery,

  • BS EN 13501-1 Class C for wallcoverings.

These standards are benchmarks for fire safety, ensuring that the treated fabrics not only contribute to the overall safety of the hotel but also maintain their beauty and integrity.

The Challenge: Combining Modern Safety with Historical Aesthetics

One of the biggest challenges we faced was integrating modern fire safety treatments into fabrics and materials that are designed to reflect historical accuracy and opulence. Each room at Lumley Castle is uniquely designed, featuring luxurious drapes, sumptuous four-poster beds, and intricate upholstery, all of which required a bespoke approach to treatment.

BS EN 13501-1 fire retardant spraying to wallcoverings at Lumley Castle

Our Approach: Tailored Solutions for Timeless Elegance

Our team utilized the latest techniques and materials to provide fire retardant treatments that meet the required safety standards while preserving the fabric's texture, color, and pattern. This meticulous process involved:

  • On-site assessments to understand the unique requirements of each room,

  • Selection of appropriate treatment methods that align with the fabric type and room design,

  • Application of treatments with precision and care to ensure coverage and effectiveness without altering the appearance of the fabrics.

The Result: Safety and Beauty in Harmony

The outcome of our work at Lumley Castle is a testament to the possibility of harmonizing modern safety requirements with the preservation of historical beauty. Today, guests can enjoy the opulence and grandeur of Lumley Castle's interiors with the added reassurance of knowing that the fabrics around them meet the highest fire safety standards.

Looking to the Future: Preserving Our Heritage

Our work at Lumley Castle is just one example of how contemporary interventions can be successfully integrated into historical settings to ensure both their preservation and the safety of their occupants. It highlights the importance of specialized knowledge and skills in preserving the legacy of our heritage sites, ensuring they can be enjoyed by future generations.

For more information on our specialized fabric treatment services and how we can help preserve the beauty and safety of your historic or luxury property, contact us today.


About the Author: Adam Sawyer

Adam is an industry expert with over 35 years of experience in textile care and fire retardant treatments. He is the founder of Fireproofing, a company specializing in fire retardant spraying and application services for curtains, fabrics, upholstery, wood, and more. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and safety, Adam has built lasting relationships with clients and established a reputation for excellence in the field. To learn more about Adam and Fireproofing, visit the About Us & Our Expert page on our website.



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