Craft & Technology

 

King Edward's School has been at the heart of Birmingham life for over 400 years, throughout its history King Edward's purpose has been to open their doors to the children of Birmingham. 


Over the years many famous pupils have stepped though those doors, and out on the road to success, from JRR Tolkien, Bill Oddie to Enoch Powell.


As part of King Edward's refurbishment programme Wensley was entrusted with restoring the 17th century, Pugin entrance doors that so many famous alumni have walked through, alongside modernising the reception area and security.


Wensley's partnership with King Edward’s School continues to grow, and Wensley's experience of caring for the past, while preparing for the future, made Wensley a perfect fit for the job.


www.kes.org.uk/

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The Challenge

PLANNING & FLEXIBILITY

Delivering great results means understanding every stage of the process, especially when you have limited time, multiple stakeholders and a 400 year old door to restore! 


Wensley's planning team’s vast knowledge and capabilities ensured success. 

The Results

King Edward's consistently demonstrate their passion on a daily basis, by providing a first class education to 100's of young children across Birmingham... Wensley are just as passionate about what we do, creating great environments, good relationships and amazing results.


With 40 years of technical expertise and sector specific knowledge, Wensley were able to offer the scale and flexibility that the project demanded... Including the successful installation of aluminum windows, a uniquely designed reception desk, flooring & paving, interior & exterior decorating, installation of automatic glazed doors connected to security systems and restoration of 17th century Pugin oak doors.


By providing professional antique restoration we were able to retain the heritage of the historical Pugin doors which form the impressive entrance to the school. Pugin is considered to be one of the most prolific designers of, and leading authorities on, Gothic revival architecture in the 19th Century.

The doors date back to 1835 when Pugin was commissioned to design the interiors and fittings of King Edwards New Street. King Edwards New Street was a fine example of Secular gothic design and whilst the building was sadly demolished in 1936, several pieces of Pugin’s designs were rescued and taken to the new site in Edgbaston.


Birmingham Heritage Services and the Pugin society, together with a calendar of events highlight the significance of his work locally. By combining modern techniques with good old-fashioned knowledge and craftsmanship, the doors were restored to the highest standard.

Working hand in hand with multiple Heads of Departments the project was completed within budget, and within the planned six week schedul

SCHEDULE

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

CRAFTMANSHIP

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PROJECT COMPLETED AHEAD OF
PROGRAMME, WITH MINIMUM
DISRUPTION

CRAFTMANSHIP

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

CRAFTMANSHIP

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RESTORATION OF BESPOKE
17TH CENTURY OAK DOORS

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE
STAKEHOLDERS AND CONTRACTORS