Findlater’s Corner Shortlisted

Our Findlater’s Corner works are now complete with the project hailed a huge success by all involved. Working as Specialist Sub-Contractor for ITC on this restoration & refurbishment project, the Restore London team were initially appointed to carry out detailed surveys & samples for the project, located within London Bridge Island.

Working in collaboration with the project team including ITCFrankham Group & Benedict O’Looney Architects the flagship scheme forms part of a plan to bring 1000 derelict railway arches back to life by 2030. A number of heritage groups have also joined to support this landmark restoration project, these include the Heritage of London Trust, The Railway Heritage Trust, and Southwark Council Cleaner, Greener, Safer fund.

A large mosaic was discovered under the railway bridge over Borough High Street by famous mosaicist Jesse Rust & formed part of a fancy shopfront to The Dairy Express Tea Rooms, built circa 1905. Working closely with Benedict O’Looney Architects, our team developed a range of options for the Client to ensure the conservation of the mosaic in line with budgetary, material & programme constraints.

Architectural restoration aims to restore buildings to their former condition, with restoration efforts centred upon recreation of the appearance of the building. If / where material replication is not physically possible, practicable or in some cases desirable, the restoration process does not always mean exact replication & innovative & contemporary solutions are sometimes required to uphold the building’s heritage value.

The original mosaic was very gently hand cleaned to expose artwork. At the request of the professional team, Restore London developed & implemented a unique solution to ensure the sympathetic preservation of the original mosaic within project parameters. An extensive colour matching exercise was undertaken and the mosaic repaired by specialist, intricate painting of the missing tesserae which has rendered spectacular results. It was always intended for the intervention carried out to be identifiable.

We are also pleased to report that the project has been shortlisted for The Architect’s Journal Retrofit Awards in the retail category, with the awards ceremony to be held in March 2023.

“Working with the Restore London team on this exceptional renovation project has been a delight. From the quality of the workmanship produced to the expert advice and liaison with the professional team to the project management & site teams assigned, we couldn’t fault them from start to finish” – Nick Hoy, Project Director for Principal Contractor ITC.

Restore London works have delighted the professional team and we are pleased that our extensive experience has allowed a unique option to be implemented to ensure the conservation of this original piece of London’s architectural heritage.

“Restore London brought a level of quality craftsmanship and skill that is rare in today’s construction market. They worked collaboratively, bringing their wealth of knowledge to every detail. Their contribution to the National Portrait Gallery can be seen wherever you look in the project. ”

Jamie Fobert CBE

Architect, Jamie Fobert Architects

“It was a pleasure working with the Restore London team. They showed good team spirit coupled by a highly pro-active approach to problem solving & were able to resource the project during unforeseen circumstances, such as the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The quality of their workmanship was excellent. ”

Steve Baldock

Divisional Director, Curo Construction

“I have used Restore London for a number of projects & find them very reliable & cost effective, with excellent workmanship – which is particularly important when working on a number of the Listed buildings we have here at RHC.”

Stephen Crampton

Project Manager, CBRE

““Restore London made our specified repairs so that they are almost invisible when viewing the room as a whole but are sufficiently different that an educated viewer could see where the mosaic had experienced areas of change when looking in detail. Perfect!” ”

Liz Smith

Chairperson & Regional Partner, Purcell

“Restore London’s works were undertaken to the highest standards. The team’s attention to detail has been second to none & we would recommend Restore London to anyone seeking a strong team who can deliver.”

Louise Priestman BA(Hons)

MArch MA PGCert PPA ARB RIBA – Architect, Purcell

“Restore London cleaned and restored the facades of the building including the courtyard all to the complete satisfaction of our Client’s team. The quality of work was matched by the professional and pro-active approach of the entire Restore team, we would certainly recommend them.”

Brian Hutchison

Board Director, BECK

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