Marble Hill House, Twickenham

Brief Description
Marble Hill House is the last of the great Thames-side Palladian mansions. It tells the tale of its remarkable creator, Henrietta Howard, who built Marble Hill House in the 1720s as a retreat from court life and as a place to entertain her dazzling circle of friends.

English Heritage is working with the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore elements of the lost gardens of Henrietta’s lifetime, and to improve facilities throughout the park and house.

The plan includes creating a new café and a visitor hub in the old Coach House with a modern extension in the courtyard behind it. Within the house, a new lift is planned to improve access, along with the replacement of aged services.

Modification of the park’s sports changing facilities are also included.

Project Details
Location: Twickenham
Client: English Heritage
Value: £3.5m
Date: 2016—ongoing

Professional Services
Martin Thomas Associates were appointed to undertake all the Mechanical and Electrical Consultancy Work from initial feasibility to detailed design, including input to the HLF Stages 1 and 2 submissions.

Services Include
Survey and feasibility report covering retention of services; options appraisals for new and upgraded utility supplies.

Options appraisals for services’ phased interventions to the house and sports block, including heating, hot water, ventilation, fire alarm, intruder alarm, CCTV, Object protection, lighting and power, communications and data.

The project includes co-ordination with numerous EH departments and other professionals, particularly: interpretation, retail and catering designers, curators and conservators.