Tollgate House
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Hampstead & Highgate
London Borough of Camden

Dannatt, Johnson

Project Manager:

The 18th Century Tollgate House, adjacent to The Spaniard’s Inn and Kenwood House, on the border between Highgate and Hampstead, has been restored following 10 years of campaigning. The Grade II listed building was on the English Heritage ‘At Risk Register’, having fallen into disrepair with extensive water damage.

The toll house is where travellers into London were charged to enter the Bishop of London's Estate.  It juts out into the road, creating a bottleneck which slowed down coaches making the highwayman’s job easier. In more recent times, the road was a notorious bottleneck and the building was regularly damaged by passing traffic.

To conserve this landmark building, MNP redesigned the road layout to improve traffic flow and protect the structure. The engineers also advised on brick repairs and a designed new drainage system to help keep the building dry.

MNP worked with Dannatt, Johnson Architects and Theobalds (Refurbishment) Ltd. for London Borough of Camden. The project was part-funded by English Heritage.