The work to the grade one listed seventeenth century Hall described by Pepys as ‘….a new old fashioned hall’ included a new limecrete floor internally with a marble finish inspired by engravings within the Library’s collection, redecoration and repairs to the bookcases, stone cleaning of the magnificent frieze and cornice and extensive repairs to the parapets, cornice and finials with a mason and two apprentices on site throughout the work.
New lead gutters were provided. Energy efficient lighting and a conservation underfloor heating system maintains a steady RH suitable for the Library’s internationally important books, controlled by multiple sensors and computer monitoring. We led the design team, acted as contract administrator and led visits to site by staff and other groups. Shortlisted for the RICS award 2016 and featured in Church Building and Heritage Review March/April 2016, Lambeth Palace Library Annual Review 2016.
The Church Commissioners for England and Lambeth Palace Library
Jonty M Sexton