We are excited to be working again with the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, one of the world’s most prestigious professional bodies of barristers, on a major remedial programme of its historic estate in central London.
We have a proven track record of work on historic buildings and previously helped to complete a refurbishment project on one of the Inn’s Grade 1 listed buildings in 2018.
With a view to this further package of mechanical and electrical work, our building services engineers have spent several months surveying the whole estate, which stretches over 11 acres.
Still in daily use, the Inn’s Old Hall dates back to the 1490s with Tudor beams and stained-glass windows, while the Great Hall and library were opened by Queen Victoria. The estate has featured in many film and TV productions.
Wesley Henderson, Director of Building Services Engineering, said: “I’ve been a mechanical and electrical engineer for 30 years and you never know exactly what you are going to find here.”
Curiosities our teams have come across during the survey include ornate brass radiators in the library and a cast-iron circular radiator.
Wesley added: “It’s a real privilege to be working there. In some ways you feel like a curator. When you are looking to do repairs, or replacements, you have to think carefully about how this would affect the building fabric.”
Seeking to minimise disruption to commercial and residential tenants, the Inn is programming the remedial work in five-year cycles. We have provided a 10-year prioritised mechanical and electrical plan for the Estate.
Remedial works include electrical repairs and replacement, plumbing and heating, as well as renewing the entire water services across the estate.
A spokesman for the Inn said: “We take seriously our responsibilities for this very special estate in the centre of London: our buildings remain in daily use and require expert care so that we can be confident that this will continue to be the case in the future. We are pleased to be working with Ingleton Wood in preserving the Inn for future generations.”