December 2016

Netley’s annual Christmas Tree ritual was observed with all hands helping to erect a 24-foot specimen from a neighbouring estate.  It now acts as a splendid focal point for the whole office.

Extensive investigations and consultancy concerning persistent damp related problems have commenced for the National Trust at Ham House and Osterley Park.  This follows similar involvement for them at Wimpole Hall and Blickling Hall in previous years.  The surveys will utilise a wide range of analytical and monitoring techniques.  Exactly opposite Ham House as it faces the River Thames, is the surviving banqueting house of Orleans House manged by Richmond Council.  The magnificently decorated interiors have also been investigated by H+R during the month as part of the ‘Transforming Orleans House’ project.  From Orleans House looking up

The magnificently decorated interiors have also been investigated by H+R during the month as part of the ‘Transforming Orleans House’ project.  From Orleans House looking up river, the splendid façade of the former Royal Star and Garter Home can also clearly be seen on Richmond Hill.  The building is being converted by London Square, and H+R have been heavily involved throughout 2016.

In December, H+R undertook drone flights to monitor the progress of repairs to the roofscape.  Therefore, coincidently in the space of one month, H+R have been commissioned to work on three Grade I listed buildings within sight of each other by three very different clients in the fields of commercial redevelopment, heritage and cultural education.  A good reflection of H+R’s broad experience and reputation in the field of conservation