The Old Operating Theatre

Appointed as Specialist Principal Contractor, Restore London undertook refurbishment & restoration works to the Grade II listed Old Operating Theatre. Constructed in 1822, in the garret of St Thomas’ church in Southwark, the operating theatre was used to carry out early operations without anaesthesia in front of a packed gallery of medical students. Our works, in close liaison with Mike Jackson of Jackson BCS, included replacement of the main rooflight situated above the operating space, originally designed to provide light to the working surgeons below, repairs to 5 no. dormer windows, leadwork and RWG replacement, joinery and internal repairs, small rooflight installation and a new commercial blind with associated electrics.  These sympathetic improvement works have provided increased light and air to the area in the hot summer months as well as improved functionality for presentations.

Key Facts




10 Weeks


Lord Brock Trust


May 2023


Restore London



“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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