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st. andrew's cathedral, sydney floor restoration


St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney floor restoration       


Paul Davies Pty Ltd, Heritage Architects


Building Conservation


St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney was designed by Thomas Blackett in 1868. In 2000 the Cathedral underwent a major restoration during which the entire floor of the Cathedral (more than 75,000 encaustic tiles) was lifted and re-laid. This floor is highly significant as it was designed by George Gilbert Scott and fabricated by the leading encaustic (literally "burnt onto" or patterned) tile fabricator, Minton Hollins. It is one of the finest examples of a Victorian encaustic floor in the world. ICS managed the process through documenting, lifting and cleaning the tiles, and was also responsible for ordering new tiles from the UK and re-laying them in the Cathedral.


  • Sourcing replica tiles from the UK
  • Lifting entire floor, including plain tiles and ornate patterned tiles
  • Cleaning tiles
  • Re-laying the floor with a mixture of original and replacement tiles
  • Documentation of the entire process



Lifting floor tiles St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney

Lifting floor tiles

Lifting and moving floor tiles St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney

Moving floor tiles

St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney floor after treatment

After treatment