April 2015

Hugh Broughton Architects, London has been announced as the lead consultant to deliver the Painted Hall Project at the Old Royal Naval College. 

Following a £2.77 million pledge in November 2014 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Old Royal Naval College is embarking on the second stage of its conservation of the Painted Hall.

In 2013 the first phase of the project saw 560 square meters of paintings in the Upper Hall cleaned and conserved, recapturing the startling vibrancy and beauty of Thornhill’s work. The second phase aims to conserve the remaining 3,700 square meters of wall paintings. This far larger project will focus on the Lower Hall, with its spectacular ceiling depicting the founders of the Royal Hospital for Seamen – King William III and Queen Mary II, and will also create a new visitor area in the undercroft beneath with improved facilities and new interpretation.

This is a major project for Hugh Broughton Architects, whose past experience delivering complex technical and conservation-related projects such as the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art demonstrated their elegant and resourceful solutions to challenging situations. As well as managing the ambitious conservation work, they will be designing a new visitor area and cafe.

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