HRH King Charles III has visited St Bart’s historic North Wing in recognition of the successful Sharing Historic Barts project fundraising appeal.
The Sharing Historic Barts project, which has now raised £9m (including a £4.2m pledge from the Heritage Lottery Fund), will see the Grade I-listed North Wing’s fabric restored, with a new programme of heritage-inspired wellbeing activities to be introduced within the revived building.
During the visit, The King met with specialists enlisted to help restore the historic North Wing and its interiors: this included Purcell’s own Chairman, Liz Smith, who was delighted to speak with His Royal Highness on Purcell’s involvement in the project.
'The visit of His Majesty the King is an exciting moment for the Sharing Historic Barts project. It was a great honour to share with him our project proposals to restore the Grade I listed North Wing, and its glorious historic interiors, thereby securing the future of this beautiful building into the next century. Purcell look forward to now making plans with Barts Heritage for works to start next year.
— Liz Smith, Purcell Chairman
The Sharing Historic Barts project, on which Purcell are working as architect and lead designer with Barts Heritage, coincides with the Barts900 anniversary campaign and will see the full repair and conservation of the external envelope of the North Wing and the conservation and representation of the Great Hall and Hogarth Stair.