2 St James's Street, London

Structural Designer

Civic Engineers

Client Name

Berry Bros & Rudd

Location

London

CONCEPT ARCHITECT

Short & Associates 

DELIVERY ARCHITECT

MJP Architects 

MAIN CONTRACTOR

Galliford Try 

M&E ENGINEER

Environmental Design Partnership

QS/PM/CDMc

FK Howard

SUBSTRUCTURE SUBCONTRACTOR AND TEMP WORKS DESIGNER

Geostructural Solutions Ltd

FACADE RETENTION TEMPORARY WOKS DESIGNER

Michael Barclay Partnership

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

Judge's comment:

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.