18 January 2017
The National Trust’s Rainham Hall in Essex is a beautiful historic house, built in 1729, with three acres of gardens and a stable block-cum-cafeteria. Munro had the pleasure of being a part of the project team who restored this magnificent building, where sensitivity and exceptional knowledge on the restoration of listed buildings was key to our appointment.
One of the most important aspects of the project was to maintain the Georgian look of the property. Our installations always fit seamlessly in with any building, but when the buildings were constructed in the early eighteenth century, and like the stable block, were in such a state of disrepair and on the Historic England at Risk Register, the job becomes a really interesting challenge.
When it came to installing power in the building, it was important to make it look as discreet as possible. The sockets were fitted beneath the floor boards with access hatches. The heating was also installed beneath the floors and the lighting points were put in ready for specialist period light fittings to be installed by the clients specialists. Everything was carefully thought through to ensure the building maintained its historical roots whilst updating it and making it suitable for public access and enjoyment as part of the National Trust estate.
One particularly unusual and interesting part of the project was the restoration of a brass tap on a bath! It may sound simple, but the tap was over 150 years old and needed restoring to its original state in readiness for the bath to become part of the museum.
Our works also included installing fire alarms, intruder alarms, heating and domestic water systems and a new toilet block and more.
Plan your day out or see more about Rainham Hall here.