Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire has a long and proud history, and from 1615-1950 was the home of the Earls and Dukes of Manchester, its most famous resident being Queen Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife.
Today, Kimbolton College is one of the foremost public schools in the UK with 750 pupils.
Tasked by the bursar to provide a long-term solution to the building's needs, a long-term painting programme was derived by Andrew Simpson (now of Hankinson Painting Group) involving annual regular maintenance and the use of premium grade paint coatings.
The results were stunning, and following a period of 5 years cyclical maintenance, Kimbolton School renewed the painting contract on the Castle building for a further 6 years. Following this agreement, Kimbolton School then looked to see what other buildings on the site would benefit from the same cyclical maintenance programme, and a programme of works was established on the interior and exterior surfaces of the Kimbolton House boarding facility. Here, work undertaken included the complete decoration to all study bedrooms, communal areas and stairways including all of the exterior surfaces. As the front of the building was clad in timber lattice panels, these were removed and re-fixed upon completion to ensure that Kimbolton College cost-effectively maintains its majestic appearance for years to come.