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2nd September 2015

Lucas carries out sensitive regeneration of a listed Mayfair townhouse

Lucas is completing the careful regeneration of a Grade II listed townhouse on the Grosvenor Estate, in the heart of the Mayfair Conservation Area.

We have been working closely with Sir Robert McAlpine, and under the watchful eye of heritage specialists, to turn this once empty and water-damaged property into a reimagined headquarters building with grand period rooms and contemporary Class A offices and apartments / accommodation.

Lucas is well known for its work on historic structures such as the Guildhall, the Savoy Hotel, Café Royal, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Cutty Sark.

This time our specialist team removed damaged sections of heritage plaster ceilings, stripped back heritage walls to the original lathe and plaster and set about returning the townhouse to its original magnificence building.

Our team applied approved heritage plaster which is mixed with fibrous materials to repair and replace intricate carvings and decorative mouldings. Lucas reinstated hundreds of original pieces of oak and elm wood panelling and altered the heritage joinery / panelling to house the new services. We manufactured dado rails and pelmets and mouldings to be able to restorer the heritage joinery It was like working on a giant jigsaw puzzle using only old photographs for guidance. Our French polisher team restored all the woodwork to its original glory.

We also repaired and reinstated original joinery to make historic alcoves into riser units to house mechanical and electrical services through the building. We stripped back and restored internal doors to their former glory, altered the heritage panels for the new fan coil units and installed distinctive brass grills for the heating and cooling system, and we installed antique-style mirrors to new formed openings in the main Reception. The team also repaired and restored the house’s main staircase and glass atrium roof frame to bring this central feature back to its original condition. Finally, we finished our work by carefully applying eco-friendly Dulux heritage colour coatings.

Using original materials and new products under strict heritage controls to restore such a wonderful period building as this is always challenging. But then Lucas has plenty of experience working on historic and famous structures that reflect the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Sir Robert McAlpine Grosvenor Estate