Ward & Co - established 1995Hampton Court Palace
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Project summary

• 16th century structural timbers

• Insect infestation and decay

• Highly complex structural challenge

• Sophisticated engineering solutions

• Close liaison with design team

Hampton Court Palace: Repairs to the Chapel Royal

Ward & Co’s work at Hampton Court has centred on the Chapel Royal, and in particular the well-publicised structural problems with the Royal Pew.

The principal structural timbers supporting the Pew are a significant survival of the Day Closets constructed by Cardinal Wolsey (1514-1528). The last major refurbishment was carried out to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren.

Ward & Co worked very closely with the design team to develop workable solutions to this highly complex structural problem. The Pew is in fact a very large gallery with a long front composite beam, and it was progressive failure of this that was the root of the problem. The complication arose because of very fine panelling and paintings by Sir James Thornhill.