Old Royal Naval College River Wall Project

The centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the classical buildings of The Old Royal Naval College were designed by England’s greatest architects and are considered amongst the finest in Europe. The site was originally occupied by a manor house built in the 1420’s which was later acquired by Queen Margaret of Anjou who extended it to create the Palace of Placentia. The Palace was rebuilt by Henry VII in the late 1490’s and was the birthplace of Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. The buildings however fell into disrepair during the English Civil War and were subsequently demolished. In 1694 King Charles Court and the grounds received Royal Warrant from William III for the establishment of the Royal Hospital of Seamen and work commenced in 1696 to build four major buildings (Courts) to Sir Christopher Wrens designs to house over 2000 naval veterans. The Hospital was closed in 1869 due to declining numbers of veterans and was re-opened as the Royal Naval College in 1873, and continued as a naval education establishment until 1997. In 1997 the Greenwich Foundation was established to conserve the estate and create a heritage attraction for enjoyment, learning and cultural experiences.

DBR were in charge of cleaning & conservation of the wall and cutting out and inserting new copings stones.

In addition, works included underpinning of the main granite steps using specialist admixtures to ensure sufficiently cured prior to installation of Cintec Anchors underpinning and grouting.

Repairs and stabilisation of railing stanchions, re-fixing of railings and painting work was also part of the contract. All works were carried out under restrictions imposed by the tides with strict Health & Safety procedures for working over waterways.


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