Leighton House is the former studio and home of pre-eminent Victorian artist and former president of the Royal Academy, Lord Leighton.
The building is considered one of the most remarkable 19th century buildings in the county and contains a fascinating collection of items collected by Leighton and his contemporaries. It is richly decorated throughout and features incredibly ornate spaces such as the Arab Hall, which is inspired by La Zisa at Palermo and covered with tiles imported from Damascus.
Buttress' Heritage Consultancy team was appointed by project managers, Gardiner & Theobald, to create a Management and Maintenance to support a successful Stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Management and Maintenance Plan includes an assessment of the condition of the spaces, as well as any opportunities or risks posed by future developments. It then provides recommendations on how any potential risk may be mitigated or how opportunities could be exploited.
The report also outlined the standards required to maintain Leighton's extensive collection of sculpture and paintings to ensure that they are safeguarded for the future. The Management and Maintenance Plan completes with a cost and action plan that outlines what work needs to be done when, and by who, over the next 10 years. This will support the building's maintenance as it embarks on its next chapter.
Photo credit: Royal Borough of Knightsbridge and Chelsea Museums Service.