Dannatt, Johnson Architects has an expanding portfolio of high quality conservation projects which includes both specialist repairs to historic building fabric, and new interventions to important and sensitive buildings and sites. This includes work for English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, Kew Gardens and the Council of Europe. Awards have been received for work at the Former Royal Naval College, at Kew Gardens and at the Tower of London.
At Kew Gardens work includes the conservation of two conservatory buildings: the former Aroid House and the Waterlily House, and fabric repairs to the No. 1 Museum.
The conservation of the Aroid House, a Grade 2* listed conservatory building designed by John Nash and originally 1 of 3 built at Buckingham Palace, provides an elegant reception and function space for Kew Gardens. The project included the careful integration of lighting, heating and electrical services as well as conservation of the building fabric.
The No. 1 Museum had become badly dilapidated after its removal from use as a museum due to inadequate fire escape and protection. A Heritage Lottery Fund application was successfully made and the building has been fully repaired and conserved, including the sensitive addition of new staircase and lift structures. Work also included extensive repairs to the external stucco and brickwork. The project received a civic trust commendation.
The Bandstand at Clapham Common is the oldest and largest surviving in London and one of the largest ever built in England. After its last significant conservation in the mid 1970ís the building had deteriorated badly, the zinc roof having failed, rainwater pipes blocked and cast iron structure decayed. The practice prepared and co-ordinated a successful Heritage Lottery bid on behalf of the London Borough of Lambeth, and the conservation of the Bandstand and surrounding landscape is complete. The repairs include a new zinc roof, conservation of the existing ironwork and replacement of the balustrade and finial which had been lost during the Second World War.
The exteriors of the Grade 2 listed Blackheath Music Halls have been repaired for Trinity College of Music. The work included the conservation of the stucco frieze, terracotta decoration, brick and stone repairs and renewal of parts of the existing Westmorland slate roof and lead flashings.