2 St James's Street, London
Berry Bros & Rudd
Short & Associates
Environmental Design Partnership
SUBSTRUCTURE SUBCONTRACTOR AND TEMP WORKS DESIGNER
Geostructural Solutions Ltd
FACADE RETENTION TEMPORARY WOKS DESIGNER
Michael Barclay Partnership
Berry Bros and Rudd have been wine merchants in St James’s Street in London since 1698. This extension to their premises involves the construction of a new building to provide offices and a hospitality suite for wine lovers.
The site is very tight, one listed façade had to be kept in place, and the dog-leg staircase had to cantilever over listed cellars that could not support additional loads. The complicated new rear elevation of partially broken arches also presented structural problems. This was a thoroughly complex piece of structural engineering.
This insertion of a new building in an important corner of St James’s had all the complexity of work with historic buildings – a very tight site with limited access, retained listed façade, and listed neighbours. Listed cellars could carry no load, so an ingenious dog-leg stair was designed to cantilever over. The judges were impressed by the inventiveness and thoroughness of the designers that made this work possible.