ORNC King Charles Roof

The Old Royal Naval College is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich.

As a World Heritage Site, UNESCO described the site as being of “outstanding universal value” and the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.

The buildings, designed by Christopher Wren and built between 1696 and 1712, were originally constructed to serve as the Royal Hospital for Seamen. The hospital closed in 1869, and from 1873 to 1998 it became the Royal Naval College.

Since 1998, the historic site has been managed by the Greenwich Foundation, which has introduced a variety of new uses and activities.


DBR Leadwork undertook Planned Preventative Maintenance of the Historic Fabric externally and internally. The plan consisting of masonry cleaning, conservation, and repair. Paint conservation, repair and decoration of metalwork railings and repairs to floors in the Painted Hall and Chapel was also involved. The works included roofing and drainage repair and conservation using sand cast lead as well as, the repair and decoration of historic joinery using traditional techniques including lead based paints, graining and gilding.

This World Heritage Site at ORNC is a high profile tourism attraction – requiring a carefully managed site taking into account the general public in close proximity to our works and the business activities of Trinity Conservatoire and Greenwich University. The conservation work to these scheduled monuments is very carefully scrutinised by Historic England and requires exacting standards of work.


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