LOCATION: Marble Arch, London
A Restoration Recaptures the Splendor of Historic Townhouses
The project involved restoring two, Grade II-listed townhouses constructed circa 1911. These historic structures are early examples of a combination structural approach in which reinforced concrete floors and roofs are supported on load bearing masonry. The client's brief entailed refurbishing the structures to prevent further deterioration.
A schedule of conditions was developed upon which an extensive schedule of works (containing more than 10,000 items) was created for tendering purposes as well as to create the building contract works. The schedule of works included cleaning and restoring the stone and brickwork on the facades; restoring windows and doors; refurbishing original metal Crittall windows; and painting, cutting, and splicing external rotten joinery. It also included completing asphalt roof work, replacing leadwork, repairing reinforced concrete, replacing the heating system, installing new air conditioner condensers, and completing internal redecorating. Planning and listed building consent was required for some of the works including the new air conditioning condensers. Grosvenor Estates surveyors approved all works including those related to the party walls.
The restoration met the client's goal to strengthen the townhouses' structural integrity and rejuvenate their appearance.