The King’s Observatory
c1767. The King’s Observatory is a Grade I listed building in Richmond, London. Now a private dwelling, it formerly housed an astronomical and terrestrial magnetic observatory founded by King George III. The architect was Sir William Chambers; his design of the King’s Observatory influenced the architecture of two Irish observatories – Armagh Observatory and Dunsink Observatory near Dublin.
Scope of Work
Williams Restoration undertook the restoration and conservation of the original Stucco façades at The Kings Observatory. This included undertaking a full historical survey of the existing stucco to determine how much of the original could be saved. Once complete Williams Restoration set upon the conservation. Using only historically matched, Lime based mortars new cornice moulds were run in situ and also pre-cast mouldings attached where necessary. Williams Restoration also undertook the restoration of the internal Lime plaster. Removing the blown plasterwork and replacing with a historically sourced Lime plaster.
Project location: Richmond, London
Client: Gardinier / ELA Group
We worked with Williams on our RIBA award winning project The Sekforde, a Grade II Listed Regency period pub. The brief was to re-point the brickwork to the listed façade, which had been badly affected from the removal of cement based render that had been applied sometime around the 1930s...
Chris Dyson Architects
"Cumberland Lodge is a grade two listed building that is part of the Crown Estate in Windsor Great Park. We employed Williams Restoration to refurbished the brickwork on our main front entrance..."
Colin Baker, Cumberland Lodge.
The Williams Restoration team took on the whole job, from removing the cement render through to re-decoration. There's no avoiding the fact that this type of work is messy and sometimes noisy, but they tried hard to minimise nuisance to ourselves and our neighbours. They did a good job, and the facade now looks very smart and authentic.
John Cottrell. Regents Park Road, London
Williams Restoration left the job looking very clean and tidy. I am very pleased with how they have cleaned the stone work. Would highly recommend.
Gary Brown. Contracts Manager, London
So pleased with the work that Williams Restoration completed on my restoration project. I felt at ease with their outstanding customer service and knowledge of the task at hand.
I cant fault the workmanship of Williams Restoration. The site was always left clean and tidy.
Dean Bowie. London
Williams Restoration were always extremely clean and tidy. They provided the project with a good finish.
Graham. London. Ewell
Williams Restoration did a first rate job! Craig Williams is a truely skilled craftsman.