The Lycée was founded in 1915 for French-speaking refugees of the Great War. However, it was in 1955 that work began on its current premises in Kensington, South West London. The French government, which owns the school, continued to purchase neighbouring plots of land to facilitate expansion. Today the Lycée provides independent education to around 4,000 students from its Grade II listed premises.
TRC were commissioned in December 2017 by the French government to act as main contractor on a major refurbishment project. The work mainly involved the restoration of over 250 timber windows, plus several metal windows. This included re-glazing, draught proofing, painting and replacing ironmongery.
However, the leaded paint originally used on the windows presented a major health and safety consideration: it needed to be stripped while the building was still in use. Taking guidance from our health & safety adviser we constructed enclosures around each window to minimise dust infiltration; closed certain parts of the school; and worked out of hours where possible to minimise disruption and meet the tight timescale.
Other work included brick and stone repairs, replacing internal fire doors, installing fire door retainers, and replacing some timber and metal windows.
Client: French government
Contract Administration: Arcadis
Contract Value: £900,000
Timber window repairs