Local Authority: Kingston upon Thames
Owner Type: Private
Funding Body: Private, English Heritage
Year of Intervention: 2004
Summary: This Scheduled Ancient Monument was steadily deteriorating and inaccessible to the local community. The owners, Royal Borough of Kingston and English Heritage have worked in partnership to find the correct conservation solution, both in terms of the building’s care and also its presentation and interpretation. Ivy Conduit was removed from the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register at the end of 2004 due to its successful restoration.
English Heritage worked in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston’s Conservation Officers and have been aided considerably by the owners, The Holy Cross School, whose efforts and enthusiasm made the project possible. The objective was to provide effective drainage and to consolidate the existing fabric from further collapse following lack of repair since WW2 bomb damage and tree invasion. There was no intention to rebuild at this stage due to lack of evidence of pre-war appearance and limited funds.
The Holy Cross School appointed a consulting engineer: John Wardle who drew up the specification, in consultation with English Heritage, and managed the project. Following tender, contractors Simmonds of Wrotham were appointed and works included the provision of new drainage, structural support and brickwork conservation. Specialist sub-contractors DHD Structural Ltd and Simpson Brickwork Conservation Ltd were used and Hampton Court Palace has been actively involved in the specification and provision of the new bricks. Archaeological investigative works were carried out by Sutton Archaeological Services.
The Holy Cross School see the restored Conduit as a heritage asset and are keen to allow public access to visitors by appointment and on Heritage Days. Active community involvement is leading to the design and production of interpretation boards and a leaflet which will detail the whole of the conduit system. Nearby Gallows Tamkin (SAM 60) is also a ‘Building at Risk’ and the owners, Royal Borough of Kingston, begun a first phase of repairs in August 2004.
Keywords: Repair, Reconstruction and Restoration; Preservation and Maintenance, Management Plans