A 1930s building off Piccadilly Circus has been transformed into 48 luxury apartments by The Crown Estate.
The Crown Estate
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Sir Robert McAlpine
Gardiner & Theobald
Partnering with The Crown Estate under a CM contract, Colorminium were tasked with the detailed design, manufacture and installation of the façade glazing and internal atrium glazing. Working closely with the construction managers and client team, the challenging design required a competent specialist to make the vision a reality.
The existing street facing facades were retained and renovated with all existing windows replaced. Due to planning restrictions and the historic façade, a slimline steel system was used for these areas which required considerable adaption to meet the intent at terrace levels for the incorporation of large doorsets without compromising performance. Extensive surveying and condition reports were required from Colorminium to ensure the incorporation of new elements into the existing structure was seamless.
With the retention of the street facades, but extensive re-modelling behind this, the rear elevations were more contemporary and an aluminium sliding door system was used for the glazed aspects. A concrete frame with lightweight steel framing as the slab infills forms the openings for the glazing which is then framed with terracotta once installed.
Within the central lightwell, fire-rated glazed modules were installed into steel framing again but this time framed with timber cladding. Due to the timber cladding, the fire-rated line runs behind this maintaining the integrity of the system.
This building stands out as highly distinctive in design and engineered to a level of quality that has become a hallmark of The Crown Estate’s development.