The Kenwood Dairy, Kenwood House

Hampstead, London
English Heritage
Ptolemy Dean Architects
Quantity Surveyors:
Press & Starkey
Date of Completion:
June 2013
Contract Period:
32 weeks
Grade II listed building

The Grade II listed Dairy at Kenwood house was built as a creamery and tea room to the Mansion House and still has its original Georgian tiles and stone floor, windows and shutters and marble sinks, including a beautiful black marble basin. Underneath the building is a brick ice house, a rare survivor in the London area.

The FWA team painstakingly conserved and restored these fascinating dairy buildings so that they became accessible to the public as an exhibition and interpretation space, and volunteer hub. Works included the installation of a complex temporary scaffold roof while re-roofing the buildings and replacing the existing cementicous external render with a lime render.

Careful analysis was carried out on the existing render and a new mix was developed which involved careful sieving of the sands to obtain the correct aggregate size of the new lime render.

Extensive external landscaping with brendon gravel paths and new estate railings completed the scheme of works.

Working closely with the stakeholders ensured the completed building was not only an exciting example of conservation techniques but also provided a building suitable for modern use.

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