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Graham Construction to build £20m Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall and Library extension

CREDIT Rick Mather Architects_Graham_CGI Lincoln's Inn Great Hall East Terrace

Exclusive: Graham Construction has won a £20m conservation and extension job for Lincoln’s Inn that will see the listed building undergo the most significant work since its construction in the 19th century.

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn has chosen Graham to work on the Grade II-listed Great Hall and Library, within its Bloomsbury Conservation Area in High Holborn.

The listed buildings completed in 1845 and 1873 respectively and Graham said this would be the biggest single project on the buildings since their original construction.

It is the latest win for Graham in the capital as the firm sets its sights on further expansion.

The contractor recently landed a £17m deal to build a block at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s complex in north London.

Lincoln’s Inn is one of the four Inns of Court and its Great Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1845.

Works will include the reopening of the hall’s main entrance door and upgrades to the kitchen, drainage and damp proofing.

A 1,247 sq m, two-storey extension will be made below ground under the East Terrace of the Great Hall.

Work will also include a four-storey library extension and a new education centre.

CREDIT Andy Matthews_Rick Mather Architects_Lincoln's Inn Great Hall

CREDIT Andy Matthews_Rick Mather Architects_Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall

Source: Andy Matthews

Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall

The works require a Statement of Significance, an Inn Heritage Assessment and Heritage Statement.

Graham is tasked with achieving a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Philip Ardley, interim director of estates at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, said: “This is a very exciting, but complex and potentially sensitive project, for the Inn. We are very much looking forward to working with Graham Construction to deliver this, whilst making every effort to respect the challenges that this will bring to our tenants.”

Graham Construction’s London office director Rob Joyce said: “Lincoln’s Inn is a longstanding institution that prepares future barristers for Call to the Bar. The conservation and extension works will preserve and enhance the building for future students and add to the vital functions it provides to its members and the judiciary.

“The restoration of such a significant historic and architectural property requires great skill and makes this a highly rewarding project for our team.”

Work is due to start on site this month with completion by December 2017.

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