German Institute


The German Historical Institute, WC1                                     

Located on the corner of Bloomsbury Square, the German Historical Institute is situated in a busy part of Central London surrounded by residential dwellings, shops and places of interest. There is a high volume of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The Grade II listed building was originally built in the 1840’s and its regency design is credited to the architect John Nash.1953 as the European headquarters of the time and life publishing company.

Working closely with the appointed surveyors we were asked to carry out a complete external refurbishment of the three external elevations and roof. The management of all trades and associated safety obligations were within our remit.

It was vital that all regency period features were retained and where required, enhanced.

Scope of Works

  1. Erect full height scaffolding to all elevations.
  2. Carry out condition survey of the buildings windows and masonry, providing a breakdown of repairs.
  3. Carry out specialist timber and masonry repairs to facade
  4. Roofing repairs to the original slate roof areas and upgrade of the box gutters with a liquid coating system.
  5. A full redecoration programme was completed in accordance with client requirements.

Due to the nature of the building there were several conferences being held so high levels of liaison were required with the building users.

The work was within a conservation area which also required liaison and approval of the repairs and decorations in order to maintain the theme of the local buildings, this was done with the local authority and associated conservation officers.

Contract Value  £125,000.00