The Athenaeum Club
London SW1

Regarded as the most intellectually elite of all the London clubs, the Grade I Listed Athenaeum Club has been a London landmark for the past 170 years.

Designed by Decimus Burton and originally constructed in Bath stone, the building has been completely painted for many years. It is the intention of the Club to remove these paint coatings in the future and during this redecoration contract, extensive paint stripping and lime wash sampling work were undertaken to this end.

The substrate was found to contain numerous fine cracks and defective areas. These were repaired with lime based restoration mortar products whose precise composition varied according to the size and depth of the defect. A four coat paint system was then applied to all previously decorated surfaces, with a particularly exacting specification being required by the Crown Estate.

Although a relatively straight forward redecoration project, it required intensive site management. The Club maintains a very strict set of house rules and close liaison with the House Manager and his staff was necessary at all times to avoid disruption to the Club's operation.

With the successful completion of restoration contracts to several Grade I Listed buildings, Triton anticipates being involved with further conservation work on the Club and returning it to its original condition.

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