External restoration work at Dulwich College’s historic Barry Buildings completed.

JLL’s Project and Development Services team has completed a major programme of external restoration work to the Grade II star listed, Barry Buildings at Dulwich College, in collaboration with heritage architects, Julian Harrap Architects.

Dulwich college restoration
Dulwich college restoration

Named after architect Charles Barry Jr, the buildings are the most prominent teaching site at the college and date from 1870 when the College moved to its present site.

The external work included the repair and replacement of severely weathered terracotta and stonework at roof level, with like-for-like replacement of many of the original terracotta finials, pinnacles and lattice panels; refurbishment, pointing repairs and cleaning of six of the principal exterior facades; repair and refurbishment of all windows; repairs to the roofs; and cleaning of the cloister elevations.

Meeting challenges sensitively

JLL and main contractors, PAYE, were sensitive to the challenges associated with a restoration project in an active school environment.

Simon Yiend, Chief Operating Officer of Dulwich College, commented: “The College has a responsibility to preserve its historic buildings whilst ensuring excellent facilities for future generations of pupils. The work was essential to restore the fabric of the Barry Buildings and ensure their continuing glory for at least another 150 years.

“JLL successfully managed cost constraints whilst managing the programme within a busy school, and were crucial in procuring the work competitively and ensuring close control of a heritage project that was on budget and on time. The project has been a real success, resulting from excellent collaboration of the professional teams with the College’s own team.”