The University Arms Hotel is the most historic hotel in Cambridge, first opened in 1834. It is about to be relaunched following a major two-year refurbishment and design collaboration between Martin Brudnizki and John Simpson. It has become very dated and it was fantastic to be involved in the restoration of some of the 19th Century fireplaces.

First we helped remove the fireplaces from their original settings. They needed to be taken to a specialist joinery company to have repair work carried out on them. Once this was completed the need to be refitted onsite. Our next role, as French Polishers, was the revive and polish them back to their former glory.

This involved shaving some of the joints, and adding some fillets of timber where the damage was bad. We needed to remove watermarks (possibly left by some of the great minds of Cambridge who frequented the bar).

Can you see the scuff and damage particularly around the bottom of the fireplaces? At Terry Waters French Polishing we specialise in repairing and polishing your furniture and fittings back to their former glory.

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