Brian & floor in Stafford
Photograph by Staffordshire Life

Brian Joyce

Brian is a specialist ceramic tiling scheme restorer with many years experience working on tile restoration in some of the world’s most prestigious buildings.

He started his working life as an engineering apprentice at Ruston’s ultimately becoming materials manager. Following a period at Coloroll, where he progressed to director, he completed several assignments at director level before starting his own business manufacturing specialist ceramic tiles. Following the acquisition of Maw & Company he concentrated on restoration projects throughout the world and completed projects such as the Palace of Westminster, London, and The Capitol Building, Washington.

The experience and expertise acquired during these projects was developed further by practical work and the completion of an MA in Historic Environment Conservation.

This academic work gave him the opportunity to research Victorian manufacturing and installation techniques together with the faults and their causes. It has been quoted recently that Brian is a ‘world expert’ on Victorian encaustic and geometric tiling.

Brian now concentrates on restoring tiling schemes as well as helping and advising clients on all aspects of conservation. Many of his projects involve refurbishing floors in private houses and taking two or three days, but others are large-scale, multi-phase restorations, spanning several years at properties such as Churches, public and listed buildings.

Recent projects include St. Georges Hall, Liverpool, Cathedral House, Salford, St. James Square, London and Lewis’s Building, Liverpool.


Brian, having completed the restoration of the tiled mural at Lewis’s building, Liverpool.

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