Just 20 short weeks ago, principal contractor Bryen & Langley Ltd stepped foot into the stunning Grade II listed Victorian townhouses at 10-13 Prince’s Gardens, soon to be the new home of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School. Their goal? To thoughtfully turn these inspiring historic spaces into state of the art learning spaces for young children, whilst of course restoring all the typically grand period features of Victorian architecture such as the wonderful high ornate ceilings complete with ceiling roses, striking floor tiles, and incredible feature fireplaces which are the centre pieces of many of the classrooms.

The contractors are deep into this complex project, so what have they been up to in that time?

The exterior of the building is coming along beautifully. The formation of the scaffolding is now complete and fully envelopes the front and rear. The scaffolding includes a temporary roof, which has allowed the contractors to remove the existing roofs and begin the restorative, intricate process of repairing the structures and renewing the slates. As well as the roof, they are also working on the chimneys and flaunching (the sloped mortar fillet around the base of the chimney pot) and expect to have the main roofs completed by the New Year.


They’ve also made wonderful progress on renovating the external facades. This involves taking apart the existing windows plus identifying and replacing defective Lime and Roman rendering, as well as renewing stone cornices and all external pipework.

Inside the building itself, Bryen & Langley have completed most of the demolition and strip out and are in the process of putting new works in place. The floorboards have been lifted so that mechanical and electrical services can be installed along the acoustic and fire layers into the floor voids. Then as many of the existing floorboards as possible have been relayed. They are also making headway with the restoration of existing lime plastered walls and ceilings and are installing new partitions and brand new mechanical and electrical systems.

Over the coming weeks, Bryen & Langley are planning on starting works to form the array of lavatories on the site, completing areas on a floor by floor basis, as well as completing the damp proofing in the basement. Excitingly, interior decorations have already started on the top floor.

The extensive site team are all working very hard! Excitement is mounting for the grand opening in autumn 2020 as the beauty of the building is becoming more and more apparent. Our newsletters will keep you up to date with all the latest building news over the coming months.


If the above wasn’t enough to fully whet your appetite, explore our virtual tour to get an idea of what Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School will look like once the building work is complete.