The National Gallery

The National Gallery is a Grade I listed Wilkins Building located in Trafalgar Square, London.

Our initial appointment required to us to refurbish the Basement and Ground floors of this Grade I listed building as well as infilling two lightwells which would create additional workspace. The additional spaces included offices, meeting rooms, breakout rooms and toilets.

Later, works to Gallery 32 were added to the overall scheme. Gallery 32 forms part of the first major extension to the William Wilkins designed National Gallery by Edward Barry and was completed in 1876. Over the years, Gallery 32 had become a little tired, having last been refurbished in 1986. The works forming the recent refurbishment reinstate the Gallery to Barry’s original grand interior.

Throughout the 13-month refurbishment the project faced many restrictions, as the remainder of the National Gallery remained open to visitors and staff.

The main works comprised:

  • Improved air conditioning
  • Replacement of the timber floor
  • Re-covered walls
  • Plasterwork cornicing and coving decorated and gilded and the lunettes brought back to Barry’s original details
  • Improved lighting to illuminate the plasterwork, lunettes and paintings
  • Replacement of the external sun screening blinds to the clerestory roof, suitably upgraded to improve daylight control.

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