The façade for this Grade II listed building was designed by the architect W. D. Caröe as a red-brick construction with richly carved stone dressings. Caröe’s frontage gives the impression of a single building but it was in fact built in 6 separate phases from 1902 to 1905.
The buildings are much altered and do not function well. We are acting as heritage advisers and structural engineers for the redevelopment project. The proposed structural works include the retention of the existing facade, the demolition of the buildings behind and the construction of a new reinforced concrete frame in their place. The new building will have a similar mixture of uses to the existing one, plus an additional sub-basement level for car park and plant use. We are creating high quality spaces whilst allowing for the long-term conservation of Caröe’s facade. We are also developing proposals to improve the character and appearance of the Albert Gate Conservation Area in which the buildings are situated.