The Royal Ballet School – Richmond - PAYE
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The Royal Ballet School – Richmond

Client: The Royal Ballet School

Richmond New Park Lodge was built in the Palladian style which draws on the classical architecture of Rome and Ancient Greece. It remained a Royal property for centuries, being home to many members of The Royal Family and several Prime Ministers until in 1925 it was passed to The Crown Estate to be leased. Since 1955, it has been occupied by The Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, is home to its junior school and now gives the building the title of The Royal Ballet School.

 

Completed in 1730, it is constructed from Hildenley limestone, which was extracted from a series of small quarries in North Yorkshire. As is the case with so many buildings, The White Lodge (renamed 40 or so years after it was built, due to the striking colour of the limestone) has been repaired numerous times. Sadly, the fashion for using cement as a repair medium from the mid-19th Century onwards has led to much exacerbated damage, which as a result often needs removal and replacement. Hildenley limestone is no longer quarried and so a suitable matching limestone needed to be sourced.

 

Most works completed in this contract related to the removal and replacement of previous repairs and the making good of losses suffered. Mouldings which form weatherings are not best repaired in lime mortar and so where these are missing or have failed, a stone indent was completed matching the adjacent profiles.

 

Some cautious stone conservation has been undertaken to the delicate floral patera which sit between each modillion under the cornice. This fragile stone was exhibiting hairline cracks and so was consolidated with a lime grout and then micro pinned using fine gauge stainless steel. As a secondary precaution localised invisible netting was also installed to minimise any safety risk.