Meticulous attention to detail on one of the most significant Baroque interiors in Europe
The Painted Hall, Greenwich. Credit: James Brittain
London RIBA Regional Award 2019
Hugh Broughton Architects and Martin Ashley Architects for the Greenwich Foundation
Contract value: £3.5m
Cost per m²: £1,667
This inspirational project has restored and conserved Sir James Thornhill’s 3,700m² of painted surfaces, one of the most significant Baroque interiors in Europe. The internal environment in the Painted Hall needed stabilising, so new lighting, heating and ventilation have been incorporated and concealed with meticulous attention to detail to ensure they blend seamlessly with the historic setting. The building’s undercroft has been sensitively reused by removing the 1950s kitchen and returning it to its original use as a place to eat and socialise, with a new café, shop and reception space. Entered from below via the ‘new’ undercroft, Thornhill’s magnificent room becomes the big reveal. Conservation work on the now fully accessible Painted Hall has allowed more than 80,000 visitors to see it at close quarters, creating a major new cultural destination for London.
London Conservation Award