Project: The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, London

Client: Taylor Woodrow / The Royal Parks

The Albert Memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert and opened in July 1872. The Memorial is 176 feet (54 m) tall and it is one of the grandest high-Victorian gothic extravaganzas designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Following restoration in 1990s the Memorial had fallen into a state of some decay. Barwin undertook stone repairs of the Memorial and extensive DOFF system cleaning of the gilded statue of Albert; all stone floor surfaces; 4  marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America standing at each corner of the memorial; as well as further 4 figures representing manufacture, commerce, agriculture and engineering higher up.  The eight bronze statues of the angels and virtues near the top were patinated and a protective coating of Renaissance Wax was applied to prevent deterioration from moisture and air exposure.

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