Refurbishment and Redecoration of the Vice Chancellor’s Suite and Office
When considering refurbishment to historical buildings, consideration must be given, both to the exterior and interior in respect to their age (and historical significance), and also to the items within the building itself.
Such was the case when Faithorn Farrell Timms was instructed by the University of Greenwich to specify and manage the refurbishment and redecoration of the University’s Vice Chancellor’s Suite located in the Queen Anne Building at the Royal Naval College.
The works included redecoration of walls and ceilings, easing and adjusting the existing timber sash windows, their decoration, as well as timber shutters, and replacement of the existing floor coverings.
The Queen Anne Building is of significant historical importance, located within the Maritime World Heritage Site and Scheduled Ancient Monument Boundary of Greenwich Palace. We organised a meeting with an Inspector of Ancient Monuments from English Heritage to identify the need for refurbishment and the works that would be acceptable both aesthetically keeping and in respect of to the original building.
The Vice Chancellor’s office had four paintings on display, on loan from the National Maritime Museum. These paintings dated from 1699 to 1748 with an estimate value of £450,000 and needed to be removed and stored prior to the refurbishment. The National Maritime Museum also indicated that following completion of the works the freshly painted walls required a four week ‘gas off’ period before the fine art could be re-installed within the Vice Chancellors Suite.
The works also included the cleaning of a grand chandelier, which was cleaned in-situ as removal would have involved lifting the historic floorboards within the office above the Vice Chancellor’s Office.
The refurbishment was programmed for a four-week period whilst when the Vice Chancellor would be away and staff could utilise other areas to undertake their work, and the contractor was able to complete the works within three weeks.
Notes to editors
· The project required approval from English Heritage
· The project dates were August 2016 – September 2016
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