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Scaffolding Tour

Robert Bembridge (OA 1945 – 1953) and Peter Dorey (OA 1944 – 1951) toured the heights of the Barry Building restoration project with Robert’s daughter, Fiona. Fiona has two sons at the College now, and won this opportunity at the Gala Auction in May. Robert and Peter have been friends for 80 years and recalled their time as school boys in south east London during WWII. They tried their hand at masonry, affixing two finials to roof of the Centre Block. The Barry Buildings restoration project began in January 2017 and is nearly complete. The scaffolding is coming down in stages, and the majority of the Buildings will be revealed in their restored grandeur in February 2018. (A small portion of scaffolding will remain around The Lantern until April.)

Simon Yiend, Chief Operating Officer explains, “We have secured the fabric for the next many years and ensured the integrity and weather-tightness of the Buildings. These grade II star listed Buildings are an iconic landmark, and Barry’s design was unique and exceptional at the time for its eclectic style. However, the stonework and terracotta were in a critical state and in urgent need of restoration. We have restored much of the original terracotta, replaced what was beyond repair, and cleaned the facades to protect and preserve this important architecture The works, which have cost £3.7m, have been essential as part of the College’s custodial responsibility to our historic campus.”

Robert Bembridge and Peter Dorey

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