Keats House: Interior and Exterior Redecoration

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Keats House: Interior and Exterior Redecoration

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Sykes & Son completed to a high standard of finish, the internal and external redecoration of the Grade I listed, Keats House, home to poet, John Keats. The house, now in the care of the City of London, has been a museum since 1925.

The project involved external repainting to all elevations, including single storey extension, veranda and front garden gates, copper and lead roofing work. New external lighting was installed to the front garden gates and to elevations of the Heath Library.

Internal restoration works included a full redecoration with gilding and other high spec finishes, mechanical and electrical works, fitting new kitchen units in staff room and bespoke wall and floor coverings.

Working closely with The Corporation of London and English Heritage, this project was completed both on time and on budget.

Keats House received a Heritage Lottery Grant of £424,000 to refurbish the museum in fine Regency style as a living memorial to the poet. The house re-opened in July 2009 after 18 months of closure, and has since seen thousands of visitors. The grant also went towards funding a successful volunteer programme and educational projects with local schools and adult learners.

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