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0814 - French Railways House


This project involved the refurbishment of the basement, ground, mezzanine and first floor of French Railways House, to create new retail & gallery space, including the new flagship Cath Kidson store on Piccadilly. The original building was constructed in the early 1960's, and the proposed scheme involved extensive cut and carve to the existing structure & fabric of the building. In addition to the complexity of working on an intricate existing structure, the project had the added difficulty of being phased due to the requirement of keeping the basement car park operational for the tenants during the first phase of works. The major works comprised of the removal of the existing car ramp, the creation of large vertical lightwell for the basement gallery space and the demolition of an existing stability element. In addition to this a large number of openings were created through the ground floor retail space for the incoming tenant Cath Kidston, as well as locally strengthening of the first floor for plant space.

Client: Great Portland EstatesArchitect: Ian McArdle Architects

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Mark Tillett
Susan Mantle