The Gropius Building Restoration Project involves crucial repair work to the Grade 1 Listed building at Impington in order to preserve this important heritage for the benefit of local people, visitors and future generations. Thanks to the support of the Wolfson Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund, phase 1 of the restoration programme was completed from July to September 2014.
Phase 1 – Front Elevation of Gropius Building
The Historic Buildings Appraisal identified ‘significant deterioration’ as well as several original features of ‘very high significance’ on the front elevation that had been lost or altered over the years. Repairs and changes made prior the Grade 1 Listing were not sympathetic to the original design. In the 1970s the entrance doors were replaced with a poorer design, and the central feature of the canopy and cinematic windows had suffered significant damage.
Supported by English Heritage and the local authority Historic Buildings Officer, the front elevation of the Gropius Building has now been repaired including the following works:
- Repair to plasterwork and brickwork
- Specialist cleaning of original tiles
- Restoration of the original window formation
- Repair to Crittal windows
- Commission of new doors to replicate the original.
Phase 1 of the restoration programme was delivered by specialist building surveyors ‘Mouchel’ who liaised with English Heritage and the local authority Historic Buildings Officer to ensure all works were to standard and schedule. ‘Woods Construction’ were contracted to complete the building works.
In addition, the interior of the prom space was restored, with paintwork stripped back and original colour scheme re-installed.
‘Mouchel’ carried out extensive research to design new front doors that would replicate the original design. The new doors are beautiful, with solid brass handles and brackets.