The National Portrait Gallery

Appointed as Historic Fabric Specialist Contractor on the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the Grade I Listed National Portrait Gallery, our works included complex in-situ modification works to existing stone windows and granite plinths, forming new 4-metre-high doorways and creating the new entrance to the North Façade.

The new entrance doors lead to a generous new entrance hall, where our team brought to life Jamie Fobert Architects’ design of large Portland stone Wainscoting dressings to the walls, stone seating as well as Carlo Scarpa inspired marble terrazzo flooring. All sensitively complement the existing fabrics and architectural elements of the gallery wings. Extensive trials, based on the Purcell specification, were followed by alterations to external hard landscaping; sensitive cleaning and restoration of the stone facades, mosaic, terrazzo flooring as well as letter cutting and gilding to introduce wayfinding.

We are truly grateful to be part of making “The Inspiring People” project a success and are pleased to see the public enjoying the transformation of this iconic building and gallery spaces.


Key Facts

LOCATION

St Martin's Place, London

DURATION

28 Months

CLIENT

The National Portrait Gallery

COMPLETION DATE

June 2023

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR

Gilbert Ash

VALUE

£1.4M



“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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