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Kemble Hall

Date: July 2016

What Did Kemble House Require?

  • General repairs to the garage block
  • Localised brickwork repairs
  • Localised timber repairs
  • External decorations 
  • Replacement of glazing to roof lights
  • Making good internal wall finishes
  • Remedial works to ceiling finishes
  • Internal decorations

Kemble Hall is an existing residential development comprising a five storey block of residential flats that faces onto Keswick Road, Putney. MC Designers were required to carry out general repairs to the external masonry, timber framed windows, roof lights, interior, and garage block. The project included the challenge of repairing the masonry to match existing, and undertaking plastering and wall-papering whilst residents were in-situ.

MC Designers approach

With the challenging nature of the project, with residents being on site whilst the works were being undertaken, and the need to comply with The Work at Height Regulations 2005, MC Designers worked closely with Kemble Hall's management company and their Chartered Surveyor, JC Francis & Partners, to ensure a safe and professionally executed project.

Where additional repairs were required e.g. to the lead flashings we were able to provide a prompt estimate for this work so that it could be included in the existing schedule.

Specific Projects

Garage block

Before work to the garage block commenced we erected scaffolding so that we could provide secure and safe access to the roof and associated rainwater goods. The roof was treated with fungicide to kill all the moss that had grown there, and then the tiles were jet washed. The area was assessed to determine the state of repair of the roof and 10mof slate roof tiles were replaced. The rainwater goods were removed and repaired where necessary.

All door frames and doors were stripped of flaking paint. Any cracked or defective woodwork was filled and made good, then a general primer applied. The doors and frames were then undercoated and finished with a gloss paint.

The driveway was also treated with a fungicidal wash and the block paving jet washed.

External decorations

Scaffolding was erected around the building to provide safe access and egress to the brickwork. The building was then jet washed with a heated water supply to ensure that all stone work and brick elevations were cleaned.

All damaged or cracked bricks were expertly cut out by our specialist stone masons using a bolster hammer and flat chisel. The brickwork was then repaired by replacing the missing bricks with matching materials. Any perishing mortar was also hacked out and the area repointed. This was labour intensive work, but resulted in a perfect finish to the exterior elevations.

The cornice around the perimeter of the building was also rubbed down, repaired where necessary, and painted with primer, undercoat, and Dulux white smooth masonry paint.

All painted metal and balcony railings were also redecorated to a high gloss finish. This involved wire brushing surfaces to a base standard to remove flaky debris, applying primer, rubbing down and washing, and then undercoating and finishing with an exterior high gloss.

Internal decorations

The internal decoration of Kemble Hall required careful management as the premises was occupied at the time that the project was undertaken which increased the risk to health not only of our employees, but also of residents and those coming into contact with our business. To overcome this we employed signage where necessary and introduced barriers to restrict access to areas where work was being undertaken.

No works were commenced until proper preparation of the walls and ceilings had commenced. In certain cases this meant making good walls with an interior Gyproc Easyfill flexible filler and then rubbing them down completely so that they were smooth to the touch. 

Areas which required painting were undercoated and then rubbed down before being finished with 2 to 3 coats of Dulux matt emulsion. Existing painted areas also had a coat of paint applied to ensure that the whole area looked fresh. Where paper was hung this was done so that the join could not be seen to ensure a perfect finish. 


Kemble Hall benefitted from an extensive redecoration and repair to the garage block and roof light leaving the building looking aesthetically pleasing as well as in an excellent state of repair. The works were completed in only 14 weeks.