UK House

Client: Flametree Property Services

Principal Contractor: Blue Sky Building

Architect: Christ & Gantenbein

Package Value: £1.1M

UK House is a Grade II listed building on Oxford Street. It was formerly the Waring and Gillows department store and was designed in 1902-6 by Frank Atkinson with advice from Norman Shaw. The facade design is said to have been inspired by Hampton Court Palace and it was one of the first steel framed buildings in London, which allowed for the large floor plates. The facades on Oxford Street and Great Portland Street are historic brickwork with decorative Portland stone dressings and the remaining two facades are the result of a 1970s rebuild and are precast and brick. Following a thorough survey, Szerelmey carried out a doff clean to all four facades. Structural investigations were undertaken to determine whether or not the building was suffering from Regents Street Disease, which proved negative. Brick repairs and replacements were made, and areas of repointing carried out. Minor repairs were made to the precast and the team replaced areas of mastic. All works were carried out while the building remained in full public use. Repairs and areas of tuck pointing on the Oxford Street facade were carried out within a short timeframe to be completed in time for Christmas shopping.

UK House - Szerelmey
UK House - Szerelmey
UK House - Szerelmey

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