The Royal Geographical Society building in Kensington, London.Preserving the carved centreRemoving damaged brickworkAFTER: Focal gable restored using red rubbers and lime mortar pointingRestored gable

Repairs to a carved gauged brick gable

Restoration Project:

The Georgian Brickwork team worked alongside DGD Restoration to repair the north elevation of Lowther Lodge, part of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) group of buildings overlooking Kensington Gardens.

The building is Listed Grade II* and one of the finest buildings designed by the architect Norman Shaw. Dating from 1873 the RGS have owned the building since 1912. The brick detailing on the building is of exceptional quality; the finest and most deteriorated part being the carved gauged brick gable over the main entrance. The carving on this gable displays the date that the building was constructed together with the initials of the owners, William and Mary Lowther,  it is therefore of enormous historical significance.

Work Undertaken:

The team worked for over two months on the carved gauged brick gable over the main entrance.  The head of the gable protecting the carved panel was dismantled and rebuilt. Although some new bricks were needed, where possible existing bricks were turned, rubbed and reused . The entire panel was gently cleaned and repointed.  The photographs above show the original state of the damaged gable and the impact of the restoration work.

Dan Martin (Tuffin Ferraby Taylor LLP – Cultural Heritage) the conservation surveyor and contract administrator for the restoration project commented;

The work was completed to the highest standard of workmanship whilst following the over-riding conservation principle of minimum intervention.

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