Client: Sham Bridge, Kenwood House
Completed: Feb 2019
Category: Specialist Projects
Contract Duration: 22 Weeks
Architect: Carden & Godfrey
What we did...
  • Restoration
  • Custom Joinery
  • Specialist Services
  • Decoration
  • Working on Water

As part of a larger English Heritage restoration project including vast external repairs and internal representation, USL were pleased to undertake another specialist joinery project at Kenwood House.

The Grade II Listed Georgian Sham Bridge is one of the most playful elements of the Kenwood landscape and provides a view, which has been described as the ‘finest view in the kingdom’. It was originally built in 1781 and has been repaired and restored several times.

The bridge had fallen into disrepair, repeatedly, over the centuries.

USL created a new Sham Bridge from modified sustainable timber called Accoya. It was specified for it’s remarkable levels of high performance in damp locations and is exceptionally durable, non-toxic and resistant to rot.  The works consisted of; the draining of the east end

of the lake, including installing temporary structural shoring and drainage outfall, dismantling and removal of the existing decayed bridge and the complete rebuilding and replacing of the existing bridge.

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The Sham Bridge is a really unusual feature on the Kenwood estate and it is wonderful to have it back in such pristine shape for all to enjoy.

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