PWC Property Holding
The meticulous restoration and reinvigoration of a masterpiece of Georgian architecture: the western half of London’s prestigious Regent’s Crescent. The Grade I listed residential building was originally commissioned by King George IV and was delivered during the 1820s by the Buckingham Palace architect John Nash.
Now, following two centuries of occupancy, and using sophisticated diagnostics and technology, an icon of Regency architecture has been subtly transformed to become a contemporary residential development.
The complex project includes the first-ever reconstruction of a Grade I listed facade. With no movement joints, the 120m long frontage retains all historical accuracy whilst introducing modern envelope performance.
The construction of the building’s new structure, primarily a reinforced concrete (RC) braced frame, with RC flat slabs, precast columns and RC stair and lift cores, was undertaken just a few metres above live railway tunnels. This required strategy, precision and great engineering dexterity.
A challenging project that required a good understanding of the materials used in the original construction.