Simon Leach Design won a competitive tender process to develop the Interpretation Plan and accompanying design strategy for the Painted Hall Conservation Project Phase II. This £7M HLF funded work will conserve 40,000 square feet of Thornhill’s masterpiece and restore the Painted Hall to its former glory. Our integrated approach and interpretive methodology supports the project’s aspirations in wayfinding, heritage, education, participation and inclusive engagement.

The Painted Hall, created between 1708–27 by Sir James Thornhill, is the tour de force of the ORNC complex, and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. It is one of the country’s most important painted interiors, comparable to that of the Banqueting House, which was painted by Rubens in 1636.