The Royal Herbert Pavilions

William Martin are currently working on a three year programme for the external repair of The Royal Herbert Pavilions in Woolwich. This includes joinery, stonework and slate roof repairs.

The architect of this former hospital was Sir Douglas Galton, Florence Nightingale’s nephew and cousin by marriage. She played no small part in its design. The decorous frontage in Italianate architectural style is testimony to the exciting spirit of the day,

By 1977 the Royal Herbert had become superfluous to military requirements. Once it was closed, demolition seemed inevitable, but a Grade II Listing and incorporation into the Woolwich Common Conservation Area saved the building. Local and national pressure groups such as English Heritage, and S.A.V.E. campaigned for restoration. Eventually in 1990 it was bought by a developer and converted into apartments.