USL were pleased to be engaged by English Heritage to undertake various elements of work to Marble Hill House, Twickenham, to upgrade and conserve this prestigious building. As heritage restoration and construction specialists, Universal Stone operated as the Principal Contractor and worked alongside Acanthus Clews Architects to revive this Georgian Grade I listed property.
Marble Hill Revived project has been awarded a grant of over £4.08m by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Funds. Marble Hill House is a sumptuous Palladian villa set on lawns sloping down to the Thames. The house was built for Henrietta Howard, mistress of George II. Constructed between 1724-1729, making it one of the earliest examples of
Palladian style in the country. The condition of the house was very run-down and needed extensive work to various elements both internal and external.
External Works Undertaken
- Scaffolding to entire building.
- Restoration to existing gilded
- weathervane and staff.
- Extensive repairs to roofing including removal of organic debris, repairs and repainting of chimney stacks, replacement of damaged roof slates, leadwork, and renewal of guttering.
- Full restoration to dormer windows incorporating external timber surfaces, joinery repairs and replacement of leadwork ridges.
- Repairs and redecoration of existing joinery.
- External Repairs to Stucco including masonry, repairs to decayed capitals, mortar repairs, removal of loose/failed paint and new masonry paint.
- Refurbishment of rainwater pipes throughout including repairs to ground drainage, new drainage, attenuation scheme and surrounding paving.
- New electrical and water services.
Internal Repairs & Alterations:
- Extensive repairs and alterations to various rooms and areas within the house including M&E, complete electrical replacement with upgrades to wiring, lighting, plastering, timber repairs and redecoration. Thorough ‘making good’, new joinery and redecoration to walls, ceiling, doors, windows, joinery and timber trimmings.
- Repairs and alterations to Shop/Interpretation room including strip-out, removal of existing electrical and surface mounted lighting, widening of doorway, redecoration of all internal areas.
- Roof light replacement which saw the removal of the existing rotten timber rooflight with new structural opening.
- Refurbishment of Toilet Corridor & WC facilities comprising of plastering, installation of new baby changing unit and upgrading new extraction fans.
- Ground floor doors required upgrading to achieve a level of fire resistance in a sensitive manner. Including up-lift and relay of historic timber floor and skirting incorporating 3760 dowels.
- Within the Entrance Hall, the central staircase was carefully conserved and strengthened by a specialist conservation carpenter and the removal of the existing grille with new upgrade.
- To improve accessibility, USL installed a platform lift. This work was undertaken with the assistance of an Archaeologist during opening or lifting of building fabric. All stone was set aside for reuse and storage.
- Repairs to window shutters / New kitchenette facilities.