The renovation of two listed façades of Trafalgar House on Regent Street was successfully completed ahead of the Olympics as part of contractual conditions for a wider £3 million refurbishment of the six-storey property for The Crown Estate.
The prominent grade II listed commercial office building lies along the route taken by the Olympic Torch Relay and with millions of people watching around the world, The Crown Estate stipulated to contractor ISG, that the cleaned and refurbished ornate façades must be revealed ahead of the event.
After successfully delivering this project milestone, ISG is now carrying out an extensive re-fit to create Cat A office accommodation at basement level and floors two to five, while existing tenant, The Bank of Egypt, remains in occupation on the ground, mezzanine and first floor.
The scheme also includes the creation of a larger, contemporary reception area including structural alterations to the building to extend the ground floor into an adjacent vacant restaurant. Across the upper levels, the contractor will carry out sensitive repairs and redecoration of the ornate plasterwork and joinery elements, including refurbishment of the original sash windows. New ceilings, raised access floors and efficient mechanical and electrical services will also be installed throughout Trafalgar House.
The building features an architecturally listed circular core with a spiral staircase and caged lift. The programme includes a complete refurbishment of the lift involving new lift interiors, electrics and controls. ISG will also restore the staircase, carefully matching and replacing the stone floors and brass hand rail. In addition to the façade refurbishment, the project includes a full roof replacement, installing a new high performance roofing system with replacement lead work.
ISG’s Stuart Deverill, managing director – London, commented: “Trafalgar House is a landmark building and an iconic asset within The Crown Estate portfolio. The refurbishment is a challenging programme that involves both upgrading the offices to meet contemporary standards and restoring an important piece of architectural heritage, while a tenant continues to operate in the building.
“It’s hardly surprising that our client wanted the building looking at its absolute best with the world’s media focused on London this summer, and we worked incredibly hard to achieve this result ensuring Trafalgar House’s stunning façades showcased the capital at its very best.”