Will will take up his post on 4 November and will then be in overall charge of the project to repair and conserve the Great Hall, and the rest of the North Wing, in time for the 900th anniversary of the hospital’s foundation, which will take place in 2023.
An alumnus of Brasenose College, Oxford, Will went on to read for a Master’s degree in Architectural History at the Courtauld Institute, London.
As a former director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, as well as his recent experience at Greenwich, where he was in overall charge of the award-winning £8.5m project to conserve The Painted Hall, Will arrives at Barts with impressive credentials that will stand him in good stead in his new role. “I am very excited to be taking charge of this major project at such an important point in the hospital’s history” said Will.
“The North Wing with the Great Hall and Hogarth Stair, and the Henry VIII Gate, are among the most important, yet largely unrecognised, buildings in the City of London, and I am looking forward to leading the project to return them to their former glory, so that everyone can see and understand their importance in the life of the oldest hospital in Britain” he added.