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David Pope
Talks and lectures

RIBA South Conservation Group: Brickwork repairs to Crystal Palace subway

Join the RIBA South Conservation Group to hear David Pope talk about the brickwork repairs to the Crystal Palace subway.

The RIBA South Conservation Group invite you to hear David Pope talk about the brickwork repairs to the Crystal Palace Subway. The lecture will take an in-depth look at the recent restoration of Crystal Palace subway - an iconic Victorian brick-built building in south London.

This is an opportunity to discuss the challenges associated with restoring such a complex brick building. As well as the key points that architects could reflect on if they were to be involved in the restoration or conservation of brick buildings in the future.

About the speaker

David Pope runs Ernest Barnes Ltd, a company with over forty years of experience undertaking specialist brick and flint repairs to historic buildings. The company believes strongly in the philosophy of minimum intervention. It prides itself in its ability to interpret brick and flint buildings, to understand a building’s significance, and apply appropriate conservation philosophies.

With an extensive portfolio covering over 500 years of architectural heritage, they are recognised within the industry for their skills, knowledge, and experience. Working extensively for the National Trust and leading heritage organisations, they are the only UK based conservation specialist to have conserved several Commonwealth War Graves cemetery walls across the Somme in France.

David also acts as a consultant on leading conservation projects and is currently the historic brickwork consultant for the Crystal Palace Subway Restoration project. David’s other passion is the transfer of skills and knowledge between experienced practitioners and emerging conservators.

About Crystal Palace subway

The Crystal Palace subway, is situated beneath the Crystal Palace Parade. Its purpose was to serve as an entryway to the Crystal Palace, a structure made of cast iron and plate glass that was initially constructed in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851.