Hampton Court Palace

DBR London

Hampton Court is a Royal Palace in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, although it has not been inhabited by the royal family since the 18th century.

Major building work began in 1515 to create a sumptuous palace for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. But by 1529, Wolsey had fallen out of favour and the King seized the palace for himself. In the next century, King William III embarked upon a vast rebuilding and expansion programme of the palace with Sir Christopher Wren.

Today, the palace incorporates two distinctive architectural styles – domestic Tudor and Baroque – and is a major tourist attraction.

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DBR London undertook the conservation of the masonry facades to the east elevation of the Base Court, and the east and west elevations of the Anne Boleyn Gate House, much of which is Wolsey’s original construction.

The work included: design access scaffolding, masonry cleaning, stonework replacement, indenting, repointing with fat lime putty mortars, brick replacement, roof repairs and recladding of the cupola in sand cast lead.

In 2016, DBR London was presented with the RICS London ‘Conservation’ Award and RICS London ‘Overall Project’ Award for the work accomplished in the Base Court.

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