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Hugh Broughton reveals plans for Greenwich’s Painted Hall

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Hugh Broughton Architects has released images of its scheme for the conservation and refurbishment of the Painted Hall and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich 

Planned to complete in 2018, the project will restore the Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor-designed building and create a new entrance to the undercroft, which will be revealed in its entirety for the first time in nearly 100 years.

More than 3,700m² of painted surfaces will be conserved and the project will see the ceiling of the lower hall – showing King William III and Queen Mary II – and the interior of the vestibule – listing the names of historic donors – both returned to their former glory.

A new visitor centre – featuring a reception, shop, toilets and café – will also be created in the undercroft.

Last week the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project a £3,181,200 grant towards the £8 million project.

The practice saw off competition from Purcell, Richard Griffiths Architects and Dannatt Johnson Architects to win the job back in April last year.

Architect Hugh Broughton, commented: ‘It is an extraordinary privilege to be working within the peerless surroundings of the Painted Hall. The project will conserve and reveal Thornhill’s masterpiece both visually and intellectually with a series of discrete environmental improvements. It will also create an exciting new public space within Hawksmoor’s undercroft, for visitors to enjoy and find their bearings. The recent news from the Heritage Lottery Fund, other donors and receipt of Scheduled Monument Consent will act as a fabulous springboard for the delivery of this remarkable project.’ 

The scheme is set to start on site later this year.

Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College by Hugh Broughton Architects

Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College by Hugh Broughton Architects

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