Rainham Hall in Havering – Queen Anne House in Essex

Rainham Hall Havering, Essex Mansion, English Queen Anne Property, Building Restoration

Rainham Hall in Havering

Queen Anne House in Essex, England – renewal design by Julian Harrap Architects

8 Nov 2013

Rainham Hall Restoration

Rainham Hall in Havering, Essex, southeast England

Design: Julian Harrap Architects

Rainham Hall restoration receives planning consent

Julian Harrap Architects LLP has been granted planning and listed building consent (by the London Borough of Havering) for the restoration of Rainham Hall in Havering, Essex.

Owned by the National Trust, Rainham Hall is a fine example of a Queen Anne house built in the Dutch Domestic Style and was constructed by a local shipping merchant, Captain John Harle in 1729.

Rainham Hall Front elevation:
Rainham Hall Havering, Essex Mansion, English Queen Anne Property
photo from architects

Besides the restoration of the Main Hall, the project also covers the adaption of its associated buildings for new uses. The former Stable Block will be converted into a visitor café and education space – and a circular platform lift and staircase will be installed into the former Brew House.

“The design of the new circular platform lift and lightweight cantilever staircase will echo the scale and appearance of the large copper vats which were historically used in the brewing process of the 18th century ”, says Andrew Coles, the Project Architect.

Construction is due to start in January 2014 with an estimated construction cost of £1.6m. Funding is being provided by The National Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia North Thames Trust.

Rainham Hall back from the gardens:
Rainham Hall Havering, Essex Mansion, English Queen Anne Property
image from architects

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall is a fine example of a Queen Anne house built in the Dutch Domestic Style. It contains several notable original features, including a trompe l’oeil wall painting, original fireplaces, incorporating delftware titles and the original timber panelling to many of the family rooms.

The quality of the building materials used in the construction of Rainham Hall is a testament to Captain John Harle’s trade as a merchant. The ornate staircase is an early use of mahogany and survives in remarkably good condition.

Rainham Hall Stable Block interior As Proposed:
Rainham Hall Havering
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All the individual buildings are Grade II* listed and together form a coherent historic environment representative of the domestic life and commercial activities of Captain Harle.

The historic heart of Rainham village is also identified as a conservation area. This includes the adjacent Norman Church, the oldest building in the borough of Havering where Captain John Harle and his wife are buried.

Rainham Hall Lift and Stairs As Proposed:
Rainham Hall Havering
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Rainham Hall Havering – Building Information

Project Credits

Architects: Julian Harrap Architect LLP
Project Architects (names): Andrew Coles & Robert Sandford
Client: The National Trust
Structural Engineers: The Morton Partnership
Mechanical and Electrical Consultants: Green Building Design Ltd.
Quantity Surveyors: Bare, Leaning and Bare

Rainham Hall WC Extension As Proposed:
Rainham Hall Havering
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About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy.
From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost over 35,000 projects with more than
£5.3bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk
The HLF have contributed £1,459,700 in total to the Rainham Hall project.

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