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Appointment on A 17th Century Scheduled Ancient Monument

We are delighted the Worshipful Company of Innholders has appointed us to work with them to maintain their beautiful hall.

The Innholders are one of about a hundred livery companies in the City of London. Founded in 1514, their origins lie in the mediaeval guilds, which were formed under licence of the crown and the corporation to regulate their crafts, trades or services within the square mile.

Innholders Hall is a Grade II* listed building in College Street, London EC4, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. By early 1670 it had been rebuilt on the site of its predecessor which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The building features a beautifully preserved 17th Century Old Court Room which retains the rich plaster ceiling from 1670, intact panelling and a good chimneypiece. Above it, the New Courtroom has an enriched ceiling of mid-18th Century character, and perhaps is of that date. Windows in the staircase that links them contain stained glass of the late l7th Century.

The impressive Great Hall boasts rich oak panelling from 1670, with a minstrels’ gallery that was originally sited across the north-east corner now repositioned centrally on the east wall. The room also boasts a beautiful large stained glass window that bathes the space in natural daylight.

The Hall is available for hire for corporate hospitality events and conferences. It has a dining capacity of 87, can accommodate 230 people at a reception, and up to 120 in theatre-style seating (though all figures apply to when we’re not social distancing!). In what is such a competitive market it is essential for properties to be maintained in top condition.

Our initial brief is to undertake a Condition Survey and a PPM to highlight any current building defects that need to be addressed, and to allow the Worshipful Company to plan for the future maintenance and upkeep of the Hall.

We are working with James Staniland of the Brinson Staniland Partnership, who with his team will be inspecting and reporting on the M&E elements, and Peter Fenwick and his team from Spatial Dimensions who are undertaking a measured survey to initially provide plans, elevations and sections. This may lead to a full BIM plan of the Hall being produced in the future.

We are looking forward to working closely with the Worshipful Company of Innholders and everyone associated with this project, and are honoured to have been entrusted to work with such a historical building as the Hall.


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