Well before its recent renaissance, terrazzo was an immensely popular choice for flooring in many types of buildings, from hospitals and schools to civic buildings and theatres. It was also deemed perfect for hotel flooring, being durable and easy to clean.
However, time takes its toll. Over the decades, terrazzo, like other types of flooring, will show wear and tear. And that’s where Diespeker comes in. As experts in the supply and installation of terrazzo (as well as the creation of bespoke terrazzo), we are also experts in the refurbishment of old terrazzo.
One such refurbishment project has recently been carried out by Diespeker at the new Dixon Hotel, Tower Bridge. The stunning building dates from 1906 when it was a Magistrates Court, and the hotel has been named after the Edwardian architect who originally designed it – one John Dixon Butler.
Sympathetically refurbished, much of the building’s charm has been retained whilst it has been brought bang up to date with contemporary design.
Diespeker worked to restore an original terrazzo floor of around 130 sqm. The floor required careful grinding back to restore the surface, with specialist resin terrazzo repairs made to damaged areas.
Diespeker MD John Krause said: “There’s a distinct possibility that Diespeker laid the original floor back in the 1900s as the company was one of the major players in the world of terrazzo even then.
“We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to bring this flooring back to life for another chapter in its history.”
The refurbishment took approximately two weeks to complete.