GHK have completed their latest major project at Gray's Inn to remodel and refurbish its commercial catering areas.
This latest project is the culmination of months of complex consultation and extensive design and building work to substantially increase catering capacity and provide fully modernised commercial kitchen facilities at the challenging basement level location in this grade 1 listed building. The refurbished and refitted kitchens became fully operational in October 2023.
GHK are currently on site at Gray's Inn to refurbish the commercial catering areas located at basement level below the Great Hall and adjacent roadway.
The driver for this project is a requirement to modernise facilities and increase capacity to meet an expanding banqueting offer as well as providing school lunches in Hall for the new City of London Junior School which opened in refurbished premises at Gray's Inn in September 2022.
The challenge was to provide a modern kitchen environment within the constraints imposed by the grade 1 status of the existing building with low ceiling heights and limited opportunities for adding additional external grilles to serve enhanced extract and ventilation plant.
GHK have completed the first of four phases in a project to deal with the delaminating brick facework to the Barrack block at Hampton Court Palace.
Situated to the west of the main palace adjacent to the principal entrance, and originally comprising two separate blocks, these buildings were built by William III in 1689 for his royal bodyguard and are the oldest purpose built barracks in the UK. The western block housed the Cavalry with the ground floor used for stabling whilst the eastern block housed the Foot Guards. The two were joined together in 1700 by a Sutlery (Quartermasters stores and shop). They remained in use by mounted regiments until 1914.
During routine maintenance work in November 2016 it had become apparent that extensive areas of brickwork were bulging outwards suggesting that the outer skin had become detached from the core. Initial opening up by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) who are responsible for the building confirmed this analysis.
Commissioned by HRP and working closely with Simpson Brickwork Conservation, Hockley & Dawson structural engineers and DG Consulting quantity surveyors, GHK Architects were appointed to investigate further and develop a repair strategy for dealing with the issue.