David Sudlow Designers
546–547 Royal Exchange
Old Bank Street
Manchester M2 7EN

The Painted Hall
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

For The Old Royal Naval College
HLF funded, £3.1m
Grade I Listed, World Heritage Site
Architecture by Hugh Broughton Architects and Martin Ashley Architects
Painting conservation by Paine & Stewart
Special stone carving artwork by The Building Crafts College

Digital-audio guides by ATS
Specialist bronzework Scena and Michael Whiteley
Special works by Sue Parry, Lost Heritage and Team Impression
Photography by Philip Durrant

Museum & Heritage Awards Best Conservation Project 2019
RIBA London Conservation Project of the Year 2019
RIBA National Award 2019  
The Painted Hall sits within the Old Royal Naval College on the south bank of the River Thames in Greenwich, London. It was originally designed in 1696 by Sir Christopher Wren with his assistant Nicholas Hawksmoor as a commission by Queen Mary II and King William III to create a Royal Hospital for injured and retired sailors. The 4,000 sqm painted interior was by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726. It is considered one of the most important Baroque painted interiors in Europe and often referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’. The site is  recognised as a World Heritage Site and its buildings are Grade-I listed.
Over a period of four years we worked with Simon Leach Design and the wider project team to reinterpret the paintings and design a new visitor experience. We planned and conceived the interpretative masterplan and subsequently developed and delivered designs for both the Painted Hall, new King William Undercroft and Sacker Gallery. Our design comprised various items including bespoke furniture, moveable mirror tables, braille and tactile renderings, handling objects, printed guidebooks, activity bags and touch-screen digital guides. During the painting conservation visitors were able to join scaffolding tours to see the paintings up close and life-size details have been faithfully reproduced in the graphic design scheme.
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Manchester M2 7EN
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