Knole – New Conservation Studio
16 March 2017
The new Conservation Studio at Knole is part of a £19.8 million building, conservation and restoration project, supported by a major National Lottery grant, which will safeguard Knole from generations of decay. The two-storey Conservation Studio will provide a permanent space for the care of Knole’s treasured collection and has been created on site within a former medieval barn.
QODA were involved with the design of new energy efficient heating and cooling system to the Conservation Studios and a heating system operating under conservation control to the main store. Knole House also required a power upgrade as part of this and other projects, so a new electrical sub-station has been installed, together with a modern electrical infra-structure serving the whole site. New lighting, emergency lighting, power, fire alarms, security and data systems, plus a passenger / goods lift have been provided to the Conservation Studios, Conservation Store, Hayloft and the Brewhouse Café / Kitchen. The systems have been sympathetically integrated into the historic parts of the building. The Studios utilise modern low energy lighting solutions that are suitable for the conservation procedures.