Marble Arch, Hyde Park
This Grade I listed structure by John Nash, was originally the main entrance to Buckingham Palace but was removed in its entirety by horses and rollers to its current location in 1851 and complements the Decimus Burton Screen at the south end of Hyde Park.
The works involved:
- Elevations were cleaned using a range of methods sympathetic to the relatively soft, Ravaccione white veined marble. As this was showing significant signs of saccharoidal weathering.
- Followed by selected indenting of matching new marble to replace damaged areas, and resin and lime injections to cracked elements.
- Finally open joints were repointed in a compatible marble matrix dustmix.
- In addition a complete overhaul of all architectural fixtures and fittings i.e. gates, windows and roof lights were completed.
- The monument was re-roofed, followed by internal removal of many years build-up of paint and redecoration.