Project: John Ruskin Primary School, Camberwell, London

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Value: £200,000.00

Duration: 8 Weeks on Site

Completion Date: February 15, 2015

This Victorian school is located in London Borough of Southwark. It was designed by Thomas Jerram Bailey, the school first opened in 1899.

The building was in need of thoughtful refurbishment, during the tender period it became clear that some masonry had become loose and was in danger of falling into either the road or the school playground. Realising the dangers, Barwin erected an extra wide safety gantry to the entire perimeter of school. To do this as quickly as possible entailed the team being on site with the scaffolding specialist until late into the night and weekends. This action was taken in order to allow the school to conduct its’ business as usual. Once the scaffolding was in place we undertook a full survey to the external facade and removed all the stone that was in danger of falling and consolidated the remaining stone and brickwork. Using our knowledge and skilled labour we were able to reinstate and repair in situ the stone units and this in turn saved our client both time and money by solving the need to new units manufactured and installed.

The scope of works included:

  • External repairs and maintenance to all elevations of the main school building
  • Brickwork repairs including stitching, repointing, replacement and matching
  • Sealing cracks to decorative terracotta corbelled units.


Project: King’s College School, Wimbledon

Client: King’s College School, Wimbledon

Duration: 6 Week

Completion Date: December 15, 2014

Barwin have successfully completed a facade repair and cleaning project at The Great Hall, which is one of the thirty buildings that make up King’s College School – one of the top independent schools in the UK. The Grade II listed Great Hall, located in Wimbledon, was designed by Sir Bannister Fletcher and built in 1899. It is a perfect example of Victorian architecture and is one of the largest school halls in England.  During World War II, the building was damaged by bomb shrapnel, and some of the damage can still be seen on the outside of the hall.

Barwin were appointed to carry out works to the façade of The Great Hall which included stone repairs, brick replacement, brick re-pointing and cleaning. The façade was raked out and re-pointed, some bricks were cut out and replaced and some were refaced. Stone repairs were carried out around the windows and at high level. DOFF and TORC specialist systems were used to remove general surface contaminates and heavy carbon deposits from the external façade. All works had to be competed with the 6 week school holiday period, therefore we had a very strict programme to adhere to. Special care was taken to protect the decorative lead lined windows.

Once the restoration and cleaning of The Great Hall was completed, Barwin were instructed by the client to proceed with further works to the World War I Memorial located at the front of the Great Hall. Our task was to restore the Memorial before the 100th anniversary of ‘The First Old Boy of Kings College to be killed’. The Memorial was built in memory of over 1000 old boys of Kings’s College who fought in the First World War. It was Lieutenant Geoffrey Pollard who was killed in action at the Battle of Le Bassee in 1914.

Firstly, Barwin had to carefully dismantle the World War I memorial and reposition it in front of The Great Hall. Then our skilled stone masons had to carve additional names by hand and redefine some of the existing names. The Memorial was cleaned using specialist DOFF System and a gentle poultice to draw the Verdigris out of the porous stone.

Scope of Works:

  • Careful rake out and re-pointing open stonework joints
  • Re-pointing brickwork using suitable lime mortar
  • Damaged and defective brickwork was cut out and replaced with matching bricks
  • Crack repairs to brickwork and cross stitching, using stainless steel reinforcement bars
  • Cleaning of the building façade and monument using specialist DOFF & TORC cleaning systems

    Project: South Bank University, Borough Road, London

    Principal Contractor: Neilcott

    The works comprise two rows of Georgian terrace houses and a Victorian public house, the Duke of Clarence, which are all Grade II Listed buildings whose fabric is of historical importance. The buildings are three storeys with the public house on four storeys.

    Scope of works:

    • Brick cleaning using a mild chemical
    • Coatings removal using TORC system