Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Project overview

Since 1692 the Royal Hospital at Chelsea has provided a magnificent home for thousands of army pensioners. Sir Christopher Wren’s adaptable design has allowed the berths to expand over the years; however, a more radical intervention was needed to ensure the continuing viability of the Royal Hospital today and into the future.

This design involved a bold reconfiguration of the internal layout which saw the introduction of en-suite facilities, natural light and ventilation to the berth areas. The exterior remains unaltered and the full width of Wren’s integral social corridor is reinstated.

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SEC work package

To co-ordinate and manage the surveying and development of schedules for the removal, storage, repairs and on site finishing of the listed oak joinery within the existing Royal Hospital at Chelsea.

Our works involved leasing and working with Peregrine Bryant the Architectural & Build Conservation Architects and English Heritage, including surveying and carrying out structural strengthening of the existing timber floors, managing the overall repairs and replacement of the internal listed Joinery to match and replace the existing internal oak panelling, pilasters, doors and frames etc. to the standard required by the client and English Heritage. And to replicate and match the finishes to the oak joinery items to a finished state.

The Project itself was latterly put forward for an award as one of the most comprehensive listed buildings in the UK, which S.E.C were extremely proud to be part of.

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Peregrine Bryant Architecture

Grade I listed refurbishment, restoration, structural strengthening, flooring, panelling, pilasters, heritage doors and frames.

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