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Keeping heritage alive: restoring the Royal Masonic School's Great Hall

We are delighted to announce that Buxton Building Contractors has been awarded the prestigious project to refurbish the iconic 1930s Great Hall at the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth.


The Great Hall, a central hub for registrations, performances, and gatherings, is temporarily closed due to safety concerns and essential repairs. Our mission is to sensitively restore the Great Hall to its former glory while enhancing its performance and preserving its legacy for future generations.

The project includes internal and external refurbishment, encompassing:

  • Perimeter access scaffolds and a temporary roof structure by Lyndon/SGB for weather protection during roof replacements.

  • Asbestos removal and environmental clean-up by Franklyn Shaw to ensure safety.

  • Ornate plaster ceiling repairs by Ornate Interiors to revive the hall's grandeur.

  • Permanent safe access provisions, both internally and externally, including ladders, handrails, and safety lines, to be installed by ARCO.

  • Replacement of roof coverings with improved insulation to enhance thermal properties.

  • Repairs to perimeter box gutters, brickwork, and stonework to restore the building's facade.

  • Repairs and redecorations of internal and external windows.

  • Installation of fire doors, firestopping, fire alarm detection/sounders, and new lighting in ceiling voids.

  • New ceilings under the balcony area and above the stage.

  • Acoustic wall panel installation for improved sound quality.

  • Internal redecorations to ceilings and walls.

  • Floor cleaning and re-polishing.

  • Upgrading the HVAC system within the ceiling void.

Our team will work diligently to respect the building's heritage, This project is our second collaboration with the Masonic Charitable Foundation. It builds on our successful work at Ruspini House in London WC2B 5PH.


We are excited to breathe new life into the Great Hall. Stay tuned for updates on our progress as we shape the future of this iconic space.

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