National Portrait Gallery

Restore London works at the Grade I Listed National Portrait Gallery are complete, ahead of the much anticipated re-opening in June. Following the the most extensive redevelopment since the building opened in 1896, our team have now completed putting the finishing touches to the carved signage above the newly formed Gallery entrance as well as to the Gallery’s Weston Wing. The first new carving in the Grade I listed building’s history, since it’s completion in the mid-19th Century, this is without doubt a historic piece of workmanship. The wider redevelopment project, titled “Inspiring People”, has involved significant refurbishment of the building and enhanced the Gallery’s visibility and accessibility for all.

Working as Specialist Historic Fabric Contractors to Gilbert Ash, our works have included modifications and adaption of the existing Portland Stone building to provide a new, welcoming and inclusive entrance hall for arrival, more commensurate with the building’s undoubted grandness. Our team have also carried out specialist cleaning and restoration to the external envelope as well as extensive mosaic restoration and repair.

We are delighted to have been part of such a memorable and significant project in London’s architectural history and development.

Images © Olivier Hess

“Restore London brought a level of quality craftsmanship and skill that is rare in today’s construction market. They worked collaboratively, bringing their wealth of knowledge to every detail. Their contribution to the National Portrait Gallery can be seen wherever you look in the project. ”

Jamie Fobert CBE

Architect, Jamie Fobert Architects

“It was a pleasure working with the Restore London team. They showed good team spirit coupled by a highly pro-active approach to problem solving & were able to resource the project during unforeseen circumstances, such as the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The quality of their workmanship was excellent. ”

Steve Baldock

Divisional Director, Curo Construction

“I have used Restore London for a number of projects & find them very reliable & cost effective, with excellent workmanship – which is particularly important when working on a number of the Listed buildings we have here at RHC.”

Stephen Crampton

Project Manager, CBRE

““Restore London made our specified repairs so that they are almost invisible when viewing the room as a whole but are sufficiently different that an educated viewer could see where the mosaic had experienced areas of change when looking in detail. Perfect!” ”

Liz Smith

Chairperson & Regional Partner, Purcell

“Restore London’s works were undertaken to the highest standards. The team’s attention to detail has been second to none & we would recommend Restore London to anyone seeking a strong team who can deliver.”

Louise Priestman BA(Hons)

MArch MA PGCert PPA ARB RIBA – Architect, Purcell

“Restore London cleaned and restored the facades of the building including the courtyard all to the complete satisfaction of our Client’s team. The quality of work was matched by the professional and pro-active approach of the entire Restore team, we would certainly recommend them.”

Brian Hutchison

Board Director, BECK

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