project: Osborne House Restoration

client: English Heritage
location: Isle of Wight
duration: 4 months
value: £944,000

scope of works:

Temporary works design & erection of scaffold and temporary roof
Flat roof (IKO Asphalt) repairs and replacement
Adaptations of M&E systems
Welsh Slate roof removal and reinstatement
Extensive leadwork replacement
Inspection of existing roof voids and possible repairs to structural timbers
DOFF cleaning
Stucco render repairs using traditional lime mortars
Application of traditional lime-wash coatings
Roof repairs and renewals
Installation of new bathroom/toilet in keeping with the quality of the house including new sanitary ware, cornice details, Chandelier installation and Internal redecorations

“CRL have been very proactive and positive in addressing Client queries and requests for additional work. The contract was awarded via a competitive tender and CRL have provided good value throughout”

Joseph James
National Projects Manager – Estates Department
English Heritage

Osborne House, was originally built between 1845 and 1851 to provide Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a private family home away from court life in London and Windsor. It was built in the Italianate style in order to fit its setting on an island whose temperate climate and panoramic views over the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. Queen Victoria used Osborne for more than 50 years, entertaining foreign royalty and visiting ministers as well as her own extensive family, and when Prince Albert died in 1861 she found solace there. After her death in 1901 part of the house became a convalescent home, and there was a naval college in the grounds. Today, many of the rooms are still filled with original furniture and works of art, reflecting the couple’s personal tastes.

In partnership with English Heritage, CRL Restoration were appointed, as Principal Contractor, to carry out internal and external conservation works to the Durbar wing of the Grade I Listed building. The conservation repair works concentrate on the building fabric and the repairs necessary to keep the building watertight. As well as carrying out essential repairs to render finishes, windows and roof lantern windows the works included replacement asphalt decking on the roof slate tiling, timber and lead work.