I went on a site visit of our building project in Burlington Gardens for only the second time since building work began in late October. It’s a strange experience seeing a building stripped to its bones, like an old lady seen in corsets. The volumes change. With all the later accretions removed, one can see how grand the big spaces are going to be.
This is the view of Pennethorne’s north façade:-
Details of the façade before cleaning:-
The scaffolding at the back:-
One of Pennethorne’s cast iron columns:-
The so-called Laboratory Galleries at the back:-
The view out of the back window:-
The mechanical window frames:-
This was once the British Academy Room:-
Finally, we went down into the vaults of Burlington House which are being converted into professional storage facilities:-
It’s like going into burial vaults.